Sourcebook for Central Australian Languages (1981):
Widjandja (A38.1 ) in Sourcebook for Central Australian Languages (1981).
- Names of the language and different spellings that have been used:
- Gnanji (Spencer & Gillen), Ngaanji, Ngarndji (AIAS, Chadwick), Ngarnga (Chadwick, Heath), Ngarnji
- Classification of the language:
- Djingiluan (Jinguluan) Family, Barkly group.
- Identification codes:
- Oates '73: 30.2
- Present number and distribution of speakers:
- Traditionally, O.T. Downs and near Beetaloo. Language nearly extinct; has not been in daily use for 15 to 20 years. A couple of speakers live at Elliott.
- Milliken, 1976 --
- Black, 1979 --
- People who have worked intensively on the language:
- Chadwick continues work on Barkly languages.
- Practical orthography:
- None established; Jingilu or Wampaya orthography probably suitable.
- Word lists:
- Chadwick, 197?.
- Grammar or sketch grammar:
- Material available on the language:
- Chadwick, Neil. 1970. Ngarndji wordlist and phonological key. 20p. ms. (material collected 1967)
- ---------- 197?. pp.34-45 in Papers on the Languages of Australian Aboriginals. Australian Aboriginal Studies No. 38.
- ---------- 1975. (Basic data (morpho-syntactic) analysis: Djingili, Wambaya, Gudandji, Binbinga and Ngarnga). 48p. ms. Canberra.
- ---------- 1979. The West Barkly languages: an outline sketch, pp.653-711 in Australian Linguistic Studies, ed. by S.A. Wurm Pacific Linguistics C.54.
- Gillen, F.J. 1894-98. Notes on some manners and customs of (Australian) Aborigines, 1894-98. 5vol. ms. folio notebooks. Sydney University. (comparative table of 200 words, English-Arunta, Kaitish, Waramangu, Chingili, Umbaia, Gnanji).
- Literacy material:
Kathy Menning (comp.) and David Nash (ed.) 1981. © IAD Press
AIATSIS gratefully acknowledges IAD Press for permission to use this material in AUSTLANG.