Following Hercus, Wafer and Lissarrague divide the Darling River language into two groups: Northern Darling River or Paakantyi D12, Paaruntyi D47, Kurnu D25, Nhaawuparlku (Nhaawarlku) D19 and Milpulo D59; and 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; (2008: 263-267).
The language name is contstructed with 'Paaru' the Paroo River and the suffix '-ntyi' 'belonging to, originating from' (Hercus, 1982 in Wafer & Lissarrague 2008: 266).
Mrs Hannah Quayle provided Wurm with grammatical information and discussed traditional information with Jeremy Beckett (Hercus, 1993:11).
Note that Hercus' Paakantyi grammar and dictionary is mainly on Southern Paakantyi D61 but includes PaaRuntyi vocabulary. The rhotic (r sound) in the language name is a retroflex glide (represented here by a capital letter) (Hercus, 1993:13).
... the area around the Paroo to just north of Hungerford (Hercus 1993:11). Paroo River and Cuttaburra and Kulkyne Creek from Goorimpa north to Brindingabba, Berawinna Downs, and Hungerford, at Wanaaring and Yantabulla (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.