Yiiji is a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the Worrorran family, specifically Northern Worrorran, along with Miwa K44; Gunin/Kwini K36; Gambera K39; Wilawila K35; Wunambal K22; and (tentitively) Gulunggulu K59 (McGregor and Rumsey, 2009:8).
The languages of the Forrest River area appear to be very closely related. Jones (2006) equates Yeiji (K32), Gunin K36, Wunambal K22, Arruwarri K28 and 'Bamberre', stating that they are simply different names for the same language, which she calls the Forrest River Language.
Tindale (1974:153) also reports that 'the Jeidji (K32) people living near the Forrest River Mission, sometimes called Gwini K36, have also been termed Miwa K44'. Capell (1972:157) comments that he found no 'native term' for the various dialects of the Forrest River area, but that Gwini had sometimes been used.
Forrest River from seacoast of Cambridge Gulf to Milligan ranges; south to Steere Hills; north to Mount Carty and Lyne River (Tindale 1974).
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McGregor, William. 1988 Handbook of Kimberley Languages. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. © Author.
AIATSIS gratefully acknowledge William McGregor for permission to use his material in AUSTLANG.
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).