Burduna is a Pama Nyungan language in the Kanyara language group, with Thalanyji W26, Bayungu W23 and Binigura W34. The exact nature of the linguistic relationships between these varieties is not known; there may have been dialects of Burduna, and the Ganyara varieties may be dialects of one unnamed language (Wangka Maya 2008: 13-14).
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. 2008. Bayungu sketch grammar: an introduction to the structure and use of Bayungu. South Hedland, WA: Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.
Burduna people live in the Ashburton-Gascoyne region in the south of the Pilbara. Many people now live in Onslow and Carnarvon and have intermarried with other language groups. A language inventory in 1994 identifies no remaining speakers of the language. Many people of Burduna heritage speak some words or phrases but the language is considered to be extinct. Burduna was spoken around Nyang and Maroonah Stations in the Ashburton-Gascoyne region of the Pilbara in Western Australia, Traditional country was around the Yannarie River and Lyndon River area. The area in and around Towera Station is spoken of as being traditional Burduna country as well Austin identified two elderly speakers in the late 1980s. Today there are a few people who can still recognise and use small amounts of the language, living in Onslow. (Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal language Centre, viewed 02/08/2021).
On Yannarie River (Pindar Creek) above the edge of the coastal plain; southwest to Winning Pool and the north side of Lyndon River; east to Mount Hamlet and Maroonah; survivors now on Towera Station. They sometimes visited eastward to the Henry River but this was really Tenma territory (Tindale 1974).
... my data suggests [Purduna] were not further west than Nyang Station, and certainly not across the now north-west coastal highway (Austin in Sutton 1995:97).
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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).
Wangka Maya PALC. 2007. Burduna dictionary 2007. South Hedland, WA: Wangka Maya PALC.(CD Rom)