Barrow Point language (Y63.1) is affiliated with Ama Ambilmungu people Y62.
The records and codes for language and people are separated due to historical categories: previously, Pathways thesaurus listed Barrow Point language and Mutumui /Mudumuwi/Mudumui language and people under the same code (Y63.1). However, there is no Mutumui language. Sutton indicates this is a place name 'muthumuy' in a Barrow Point speaking country (1979:98).
Previously, Mbambylmu Y62 was used to refer to the language spoken on Barrow Point. Mbambylmu is a word derived from the clan name, Ama Ambilmungu Y62, affiliated with Barrow Point language (Y63.1) (Sutton, 1993:31).
Previously, the Thesaurus listed Gambilmugu as an alternate name for Walmbaria under the code (Y61). Gambiilmugu is a Guugu Yimidhirr name for Ama Ambilmungu (Sutton, 1993:34). The code (Y61) has been retired.
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).