Nekes and Worms present language data for Bemba. McGregor edited and republished their work in 2006 and, though he does not include Bemba in his 2004 publication, he makes several comments that confirm the status of Bemba as a language, including it in his list of 'modern spellings' of 'languages mentioned in this book' (McGregor 2006:xix). He also comments, 'some languages Nekes and Worms investigated do show genders or noun classes...These include northern Kimberley languages Bemba and Ngarinyin.' (McGregor 2006:362, n.87).
Oates (1975:370) deleted this from her listing of Indigenous languages. She reports that Vaszolyi says it is a Gunin place name, 'Bembar', while Capell says it is definitely not a language name but a compass point, 'bembar'.
... spoken near the Forrest River and Cambridge Gulf, the estuary of the Ord River (McGregor 2006:42)
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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).