Y83: KUNJEN

AIATSIS code: 
Y83
AIATSIS reference name: 
KUNJEN

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Name
ABN name
Kunjen languages
ABS name
Cape York Peninsula Languages, nec (Kunjen)
Horton name
Kunjen
Ethnologue name
Kunjen
ISO 639-3 code
kjn
Tindale name
Ngundjan
Thesaurus heading language
Kunjen language Y83
Thesaurus heading (old)
Kunjen / Ogh-Undyan language (Y83) (Qld SE54-04)
Tindale (1974)
Kun'djan (valid alternative), 'Kundjan, Gundjun, Koko Kuntjan, Kundjin, Kokoyan, Koonjan, Kunjen, Kunjin, Okundjain, ? Koko wansin
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
kunj1245
Other sources
Oggonjin (Palmer 1882) [Rigsby] Koka-Koonjin (Parry-Okeden) [Rigsby]
Synonyms
Cape York Peninsula Languages, Kunjen, Gugu Nyungkul, Kawarrangg, Laia, Muragan, Ngundjan, Okunjan, Olkolo, Oykangand, Ayan, Gudjal, Gundjen, Gundjun, Ikan, Koonchulburra, Koonjan, Koonjen, Kundjen, Kuntjan, Kuritja:l, Kutabal, Kuthabal, Kutjal, Kwearriburra, Ogh Undyan, Ogondyan, Ogontjel, Okundjain, Okuntjel, Oyangant, Oggonjin, Kundjan, Koko Kuntjan, Kundjin, Kokoyan, Kunjin, Koko wansin
Comment
Comments: 
Kunjen is an anglicised corruption of the language name Ogh Unjen Y206, but in modern times the term is used by their northern neighbours Oykangand Y101 to refer to themselves and their language. Kunjen is also used at Kowanyama to refer to Olgol Y73 and Kawarrangg Y201 peoples and languages (Sommer, 2006:6).
References: 
  • Sommer, Bruce A. 1969. Kunjen phonology: synchronic and diachronic: Pacific Linguistics B-11. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Sommer, Bruce. 1972. Kunjen Syntax: A Generative View. Canberra: AIAS.
  • Sommer, Bruce. 2006. Speaking Kunjen: an ethnography of Oykangand kinship and communication, the Cape York region of northern Queensland, Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Luke, Alma. 2011. Uw Oykangand Oy berr: traditional bush medicine from the Kunjen of Kowanyama. Thuringowa, Qld: Black Ink Press
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
... on the west of the Peninsula just inland from Kowanyama (Rigsby 2007 p.c.) ... inland from the western coast of the Peninsula (Sommer 2006:7). Mitchell River south of the junction of the Palmer River; at Dunbar; an inland tribe extending south to Emu Creek and the Red River (Tindale 1974).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Barry Alpher, Donald Emerson Crim, Bruce Sommer
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate2
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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listSmall (20-100 pages)2
Text CollectionLess than 20 pages1
GrammarSmall grammar (100-200 pages)3
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Sommer, Bruce. 1972. Kunjen syntax: A generative view. Canberra: AIAS.

Dictionary: 
Sommer, Bruce. 1976. Kunjen lexicon.
Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanCentral PamaKunjenKunjen [dialects: Ulkulu, Oykangand (Olgol, Olgolo, Olgel, Ogondyan).]
Dixon (2002)
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanKunjen
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanCentral PamaKunjen
Oates (1975)
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)