G46: Bundjil

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G46
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Bundjil

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Breen (1981:2) says this name, being the word for 'man' in some Mayi communalects, has been used for the Mayi language group. He documents the various spellings: Bundyil (Schmidt 1919:132), Bundjil (Holmer PMS 3134) and Bandjil (Breen 1974:6). Holmer (Holmer 1979, 1988) presents language data collected collected at Charters Towers which he identifies as Bundjil. Holmer's informant thinks that his language belongs to Cloncurry or the Flinders and Saxby rivers area. This is broadly the area associated with the Mayi languages. While Holmer uses Bundjil to refer to a specific language, it is likely that the data actually belong to one of the Mayi, or Bundjil, languages, rather than being a distinct variety. Note that Sutton (MS 379, p. 16) lists, among his list of 'Mayabic dialects', a name (presumably of an informant) which is the same as that of Holmer's Bundjil informant. Given that this is a language group name, not a language name, it is not included as a language heading in the Thesaurus.
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1971. Report on field trip to western Queensland and Northern Territory, April-June 1971. (MS 159, Part 5)
  • Dixon, R.M.W. 1992. The Tully dialects are Dyirbal. Studia Linguistica, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 72-76. (p DIX)
  • Holmer, Nils Magnus. 1979. Notes on two western Queensland languages (Bundjil and Wanyi), typescript. (PMS 3134).
  • Holmer, Nils Magnus. 1988. Notes on some Queensland languages: Pacific Linguistics D-79. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Schmidt, Wilhelm. 1919. Die Gliederung der australischen Sprachen : geographische, bibliographische, linguistische. Grundzuge der Erforschung der australischen Sprachen. Wien: Mechitharisten-Buch. (RB S354.74/G1)
  • Sutton, Peter. 1970. Report of linguistic fieldwork in north-east Queensland, June to August 1970. (MS 379)
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Cloncurry or the Flinders and Saxby rivers area (Holmer 1988:105).
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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).

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Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)