|Region||New South Wales, Australia|
|20 (2005) to 95 (2006 census)|
bdy – Bandjalang
gih – Githabul
xjb – Minjungbal
rkw – Arakwal (not a specific dialect)
Bandjalangic languages (green) among other Pama–Nyungan (tan)
Bundjalung consists of a number of dialects, including Yugumbir (sometimes confused with Yugambal), Nganduwal, Minjangbal, Njangbal, Biriin, Baryulgil, Waalubal, Dinggabal, Wiyabal, Gidabal, Galibal, and Wudjeebal. Bowern (2011) lists Yugambal, Githabul, Minjungbal, Ngara:ngwal, and Bandjalang as separate Bandjalangic languages.
In practical orthography and some descriptions of the language, the letter "h" is often used after the vowel to indicate a long vowel.
|High||i iː||u uː|
/a/ and /e/ are neutralised as [ɛ] before /j/.
Although the standard IPA symbols used in transcription of the language are the voiced stop symbols, these segments are better characterised as obstruents because they are realised more often as fricatives or affricates than actual stops. There is no contrast in Bundjalung between these manners of articulation.
Bundjalung varieties do not have voicing contrasts for their obstruent sequences, and so phonological literature varies in its representation of these consonants- some linguists have chosen the symbols /p/, /k/, /c/, /t/, and others have decided upon /b/, /g/, /ɟ/, /d/. Generally, these consonants are phonetically voiceless, except when following a homorganic nasal segment.
The rhotic phoneme has several surface realisations in Bundjalung. Between vowels, it tends to be a flap, although it can sometimes be an approximant, and it is usually a trill at the end of syllables.
The existence of semivowels in Bundjalung can be disputed, as in many Australian languages. Some linguists posit their existence in order to avoid an analysis that involves onset-less syllables, which are usually held to be non-existent in Australian languages. Some phonologists have found that semivowels can be replaced with glottal stops in some varieties of Bundjalung.
Like many Australian languages, Bundjalung is thought to have a constraint that states that all syllables must have a consonant onset. Only vowels are permitted as the syllable nucleus, and these may be long or short. Syllable codas are also permitted, with long or short vowels in the nucleus. However, long vowels are not permitted to occur in adjacent syllables.
Bundjalung does not permit clusters of the same consonant, or clusters that begin with an obstruent phoneme or end with an approximant, except the labio-velar glide. All homorganic nasal-obstruent clusters occur in the language. Clusters usually only involve two segments, but clusters of three may occur if an intervening vowel is deleted by some process.
"Bundjalung" is used as a cover term for the dialect chain as well as to refer to certain individual dialects. At the time of the first European settlement in the mid-1800s, the Bundjalung people on the north coast of New South Wales and southeast of Queensland spoke up to twenty related dialects. Today only about nine remain. All were mutually intelligible with neighboring dialects.
|#||Co-ordinates||Tribal Group||Areas Spoken||Dialects||Bundjalung language chain|
|1.||Badjalang||From northern bank of Clarence River to Richmond River; at Ballina; inland to Tabulam and Baryugil. Coastal hordes or Widje (horde or hordes at Evans Head) go inland only to Rappville. The boundary between the dialect spoken on the Clarence River, presumably Badjalang and that of the Richmond River comes at a place called Moonim, which is near Coraki.||Bandjalang||Bundjalung (also known as Bandjalang)|
|2.||Badjalang||Clarence Valley Council Local Government Area||Baryulgal (also known as Baryulgil or Barryugil or Yugilbar)||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|3.||Badjalang||Rappville Area||Biriin (also known as Birrihn)||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|4.||Kalibal||Macpherson Range from near Unumgar, N.S.W., to Christmas Creek, Qld.; east to upper Nerang and south to Mount Cougal and Tweed Range, Tyalgum, and the Brunswick River divide||Dinggabal||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|5.||Badjalang||Casino Area||Walunumgmira||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|6.||Kitabal / Gidabal||Tabulam Area||Wahlubal (also known as Gidabal and Gidhabal)||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|7.||Jukambal||Kyogle, Woodenbong and Tenterfield Area||Githabul||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|8.||Arakwal||From Ballina and northern bank of Richmond River to Cape Byron; south to Ballina where they met Widje hordes of the Badjalang; inland to Lismore, Casino, and Coraki.||Minjungbal||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|9.||Moorang-Moobar||Brunswick River Valley Area||Nganduwal (also known as Ngarakwal)||Yugambeh (also known as Yugumbir)|
|10.||Ngarrahngbal||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|11.||Tul-gi-gin||Rous River Valley Area||Nganduwal (also known as Ngarakwal)||Yugambeh (also known as Yugumbir)|
|12.||Badjalang||Ballina and Evans Head Area||Njangbal||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|13.||Badjalang||Casino Area||Wahlubal (also known as Waalubal or Western Bandjalang)||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|14.||Badjalang||Upper Richmond River from north of Kyogle south to near Casino, east to Dunoon; not to Coraki||Wiyabal||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|15.||Wuhyabal||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|16.||Wudjeebal (also known as Wudjebal)||Bundjalung (also known as Banjalang)|
|17.||Goodjingburra||South-East Queensland coast between the Logan River and the Tweed River (including South Stradbroke Island)||Minyangbal (also known as Minjungbal)||Yugambeh (also known as Yugumbir)|
|Ballina||English||Accidental or deliberate corruption of the Aboriginal words 'Bullinah and Boolinah' &/or 'Balloona, Balloonah, Balluna, Bullenah, Bullina and Bulluna'.|
|Bullenah||Balluna, Bullina, Bulluna, Balloona, Balloonah||'Blood running from the wounded' or 'The place of dying' or 'The place of the wounded after a fight' or 'Place where a battle was fought & people were found dying'.|
|Bullinah||Boolinah||'Place of many oysters'.|
|Cooriki||Gurigay, Hooraki, Kurrachee||'The meeting of the waters'.|
|Coraki||English||Accidental or deliberate corruption of the Aboriginal words 'Kurrachee', 'Gurigay', 'Hooraki' & 'Cooriki'|
|Gunya||'A traditional native home, made from wood and bark'.|
|Gummin||'meaning father's mother'.|
|Gummingarr||'Winter camping grounds'.|
|Jurbihls||Djuribil||Githabul||'Refers to both a site and the spirit that resides there'.|
|Maniworkan||'The place where the town of Woodburn is located'.|
|Nguthungali-garda||Githabul||'Spirits of our grandfathers'.|
|Uki||"Yoo-k-eye"||'A water fern with edible roots'.|
|Wollumbin||Ngarakwal||'Patriarch of mountains', 'Fighting Chief', 'Place of Death and Dying', 'Site at which one of the chief warriors lies' or 'Cloud Catcher'.|
|Woodenbong||'Wood ducks on water'.|
|Wulambiny Momoli||Mount Warning||Ngarakwal||'Turkey Nest'.|
|Language, Mythology and Ceremony|
|Dirawong||Dira-wong||Dirawonga, Goanna||Creator Being spirit that looked like a Goanna but behaved just like humans.|
|Weeum||Wee-um||'Clever Man' also known as 'Man of high degree of initiation'.|
|Wuyun Gali||Wu-yun Ga-li||'Clever Man' also known as 'Doctor'|
|Cooradgi||Gidhabal and Dinggabal||'Clever Men of the tribe' who could cast spells of sleep or sleeping sickness (Hoop Pine curse) as a reprisal against offenders of tribal law, tribal codes, enemies or bad spiritual influences. The ritual coincided with the bone pointing procedure common among Aboriginal tribes throughout Australia.|
|Flora and Fauna|
- Bundjalung (cover term) at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (see the info box for additional links)
- Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxiv.
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bandjalang". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)
- Sharpe, Margaret C. (2005). Grammar and Texts of the Yugambeh-Bundjalung Dialect Chain in Eastern Australia. Muenchen, Germany: LINCOM. p. 180. ISBN 3-89586-784-5.
- Crowley, Terry (1978). The Middle Clarence dialects of Bundjalung. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
- Cunningham, Margaret C. (1969). "A description of the Yugumbir dialect of Bundjalung". University of Queensland Papers, Faculty of Arts 1 (8).
- Geytenbeek, Brain B. (1964). "Morphology of the regular verbs of Gidabul". Papers on the languages of the Australian Aborigines.
- Geytenbeek, Brian B.; Getenbeek, Helen (1971). Gidabal grammar and dictionary. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
- Geytenbeek, Helen (1964). "Personal pronouns of Gidabul".
- Holmer, Nils M. (1971). Notes on the Bundjalung Dialect. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
- Sharpe, Margaret C. (1994). An all-dialect dictionary of Bunjalung, an Australian language no longer in general use.