N152: Walu

AIATSIS code: 
N152
AIATSIS reference name: 
Walu

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Yanuwa (Walu)
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Walu
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
Walloo, Leewalloo.
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Yanuwa, Janjula, Wadere, Wardiri, Yanyula, Yanyuwa, Walu; Leewalloo, Walloo, Leewalloo, Waloo
Comment
Comments: 
This is reported by Tindale (1974) and Stretton (1893) as a group residing in Vanderlin Island. John Bradley (2007 p.c.) says that none of his informants had any idea who was meant by the term 'Walu' but some of his informants believeed that the term is derived from the Yanyuwa N153 pronoun 'alu' which means 'those other people'. The 'w' could be a semi-consonant that can sometimes be heard on certain free standing pronouns or pronominal suffixes.
References: 
  • Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Berkeley: University of California Press/Canberra: Australian National University Press.
  • Stretton, W. G. 1893. Customs, rites and superstitions of the Aboriginal tribes of the Gulf of Carpentaria, with a vocabulary. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 17:(227)-253.
  • Keith, K. 1970. Past people of the Pellew Islands. Mimag -- 1970; v.20, no.1; 8-10; pls
Status: 
Potential no data
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 

Vanderlin Island (Tindale 1974).

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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
2016Census-

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).

Documentation
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list None 0
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)          
Dixon (2002)   NGARNA SUBGROUP*   Walu Yanyuwa (or Yanyula or Wadirri) Kirton (1967, 1970, 1971, 1978), Kirton and Charlie (1996) possible further dialect: Walu
Wurm (1994)          
Walsh (1981)          
Oates (1975)       Walu  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)