Hercus (1994:6) says that, from a speaker perspective, though not technically, there are two distinct languages: Arabana L13 and Wangkangurru. For the most part they are mutually intelligible, though they are substantially different. Wangkagurru has two main dialects, Mikiri-nganha L51 and Wangkatyaka L54, and a third one of more recent origin, Eastern Wangkangurru L67 (Hercus 1994:6-7). Wangkangurru forms part if the Karnic language group and is in a close relationship with Arabana L13.
... the area to the west and north of Lake Eyre (for Arabana and Wangkanguru) (Hercus 1994:6). On Mount Dare; at Blood Creek; east on Macumba Creek; on lower Finke River; in southern portion of Arunta (Simpson) Desert; southeast to Kallakoopah Creek and the Warburton; at Atna Hill (Tindale 1974). (On Bowern's map (2001), it extends further to the north.)
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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. 1994. A grammar of the Arabana-Wangkangurru language Lake Eyre Basin, South: Pacific LInguistics C128. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Hercus, Luise. Machine-readable files of Arabana and Wangkangurru vocabulary, ASEDA 0238.