Breen (2009:239) analyses two word lists which were collected from the area identified as Kairi (E44) country in Tindale (1974:173) one by Middleton and another by Noble, both from Curr (1887) (they both appear under the number 156 in Curr).
On the basis of his analysis, Breen uses Gara-Gara E44 (from 'gara' the word for 'no') as the dialect name for the eastern part of the Kairi area and Ara-Ara E44 as the dialect name for the western part. Middleton's word list is for Gara-Gara and Noble's word list is for Ara-Ara.
Curr 156i 'Nogoa River' appears to be from the Gayiri dialect, judging both by the given location, which matches that given by Tindale for Gayiri, and by linguistic evidence (Terrill 1998:94). From the Great Dividing Range south of Springsure north to Capella; west to Drummond Range; east to Comet and upper Mackenzie (Nogoa) rivers (Tindale 1974:173).
Search MURA people®
Search MURA language®
Speaker numbers were measured differently across the censuses and various other sources listed in AUSTLANG. You are encouraged to refer to the sources.
Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).