K68: Western Bunuba

AIATSIS code: 
K68
AIATSIS reference name: 
Western Bunuba

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Bunuba language K5
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Comment
Comments: 
Capell (1940:416) identifies two dialects of Bunuba K5, an eastern dialect and a western dialect. Knight (2004:4-5) says that these dialects differ in pronunciation rather than grammar and that the differences are very minor. Speakers describe the western dialect as 'heavy', referring to this variation in pronunciation. She notes that, while Capell (1940) and O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) claim extensive differences between the tense systems of the two dialect, there is no 'contemporary evidence' of this difference.
References: 
  • Capell, Arthur. 1940. The classification of languages in north and north-west Australia. Oceania 10(3):241-272; 10(4):404-433.
  • Knight, Emily. 2004. Aspects of Bunuba grammar and semantics, University of New England: MA. (MS 4161).
  • O'Grady, G. N., C. F. Voegelin and F. M. Voegelin. 1966. Languages of the world: Indo-Pacific fascicle six. Anthropological Linguistics 8(2).
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Confirmed
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... predominantly in the ranges in the western regions of Bunuba territory (Knight 2004:4).
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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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