Due to their similar name and location, Indjilandji and Indjiladji G52 have been confused in the past. Breen (1988:1) says Indjilandji G52 is an alternative spelling for Indjiladji G52. Oates (1975) uses the spelling associated with G52, Indjiladji. She notes that most of Breen's informants regard the language as being identical to Wagaya C16 and located it north and west of Henderson's 'Injeelanjee' G52 location, but that Breen more recently equates Indjiladji with Bularnu G12.1. This is a reference to Breen 1971 in which he identifies the data in Henderson as 'identical to modern Bulanu, and from approximately the same area' (p. 17). (Note that Brammall (1991:2) says Indjilandji G14 forms a bridge between Bularnu and Wakaya.)
Osborne (PMS 1356:1) says Indjilandji G14 was located between Lawn Hill Creek and Gregory River in tribal times and that it is related to Wanji G23 (though not closely). A quick comparison of Osborne's data with Henderson's indicates that they are clearly different languages. Osborne's Indjilandji informant is the same source as Breen's in his earlier recordings (1972, 1976-7).
Previously only Indjilandji (G14) was included as a language heading in the Thesaurus. As the identity of the name Indjilandji is often unclear, there may be items catalogued as relating to Indjilandji (G14) which actually relate to Indjiladji G52.
Barkly Tableland about Buchanan Creek and Ranken River; west toward Dalmore and Alroy Downs; east toward headwaters of Gregory River and Lawn Hill Creek (Tindale 1974).
The general territorial associations were to the upper Gregory drainage and thence westward to Alexandria Station. North-eastward limit of associations - Lawn Hill Creek upstream from the Constance Range and Century Mine was associated with Yinjilanji. Musselbrook Creek and Lawn Hill Creek downstream from Constance Range was associated with Wanyi. Eastward limit of associations - The Gregory drainage from Riversleigh upstream was associated with Yinjilanji. The Gregory drainage below Riversleigh, including Century Mine and Mellish Park was associated with Nguburindi. Southward limit of associations - one point was where the road from Alexandria Station to Avon Downs crossed the Rankin River. South of this crossing was associated with Wakaya. North of the crossing with Yinjilanji (Harvey AILEC 0802).
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