Following Hercus, Wafer and Lissarrague divide the Darling River language into two groups: Southern Darling River includes Southern Paakantyi D61, Wilyaali (~Wilyakali) D16, Thaangkali (~Thangkakali) D14, Pulaali (Pulakali) D11, Wanyuparlku (~Wanyiwalku) D21, Pantyikali D17, Marrawarra D6, Parrintyi D48; and Northern Darling River or Paakantyi D12, Paaruntyi D47, Kurnu D25, Nhaawuparlku (Nhaawarlku) D19 and Milpulo D59 (2008: 263-267).
Hercus and Austin (2004) say that Wanyiwalku (D21) is the language spoken by the Pantyikali D17; in earlier descriptions (1982, 1994) Hercus lists Pantyikali as a language name (in Wafer & Lissarrague, 2008:265).
Tindale says that both Wanjiwalku (D21) people and Maljangapa L8 people speak the same language, Wanjiwalku (1974); however, Malyangapa L8 have their own language according to Hercus and Austin (2004).
Note Hercus's Paakantyi grammar and dictionary is mainly on Southern Paakantyi D61.
Wafer, Jim and Amanda Lissarrague. 2008. A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Nambucca Heads: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative.
From near Milparinka to White Cliffs; west nearly to Mount Arrowsmith; east to near Tongo Lake; at Yancannia and east of Lake Bancannia (Tindale 1974).
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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).
Hercus, Luise. 1982. The Bagandji language: Pacific Linguistics B6.7 Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Hercus, Luise. 1993 Paakantyi dictionary. Canberra: Luise Hercus.