Kohen (1993:22) describes two dialects of Darug S64: the coastal Eora dialect and the inland dialect, spoken by the 'woods tribes', the bediagal-tuagal-tugara. He does not give a name for this dialect. According to Attenbrow (2002:34-35), some anthropologists and linguists used this term as a group or language name, but there is no evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people used the term Eora to refer to a specific group or language. Attenbrow says that this term is now used to refer to the original inhabitants of the area between Port Jackson and Botany Bay, or sometimes the entire Sydney region, and the language of this area is a (coastal) dialect of Darug S64.
Steele (2005:5-6) also says that Eora is neither language nor people name but simply the word for 'man'. He proposes Biyal-Biyal as an alternative name, explaining the reasoning for this and taking, as support, a quote from Meston in Smith (2004:3): 'but they were not speaking the old Beeahlba dialect of the Sydney blacks'.
Troy (in Thieberger 1994:61) applies the name 'the Sydney language' since 'there is no record of the name given to the language by its speakers and no word recorded meaning "language"'. Given the lack of any well-established alternative name, this database retains Eora as the reference name.
Troy, Jakelin. 2019. The Sydney language. 2nd edition. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press.
(re: Eora and Kuringgai) ... the Sydney Peninsula (north of Botany Bay, south of Port Jackson, west to Parramatta), as well as the country to the north of Port Jackson, possibly as far as Broken Bay (Attenbrow 2002:34).
... as far north as the (southern side) of Broken Bay (Smith 2004:21 in Wafer & Lissarrague 2008:163).
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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).
Steele, Jeremy Macdonald. 2005. The Aboriginal language of Sydney: a partial reconstruction of the Indigenous language of Sydney based on the notebooks of William Dawes of 1790-91, informed by other records of the Sydney and surrounding languages to c.1905, Macquarie University: MA.