Guugu Yalandji language

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Guugu Yalandji
Region Queensland
Native speakers
360 (increasing)  (2006 census)[1]
Pama–Nyungan
Dialects
Kuku-Yalanji
Kuku-Bididji
Kuku-Dungay
Kuku-Buyundji
Kuku-Kulunggur
Kuku-Yalaja (Kuku-Yelandji)
Koko-Walandja
(Kuku-)Wakura
(Kuku-)Wakaman
(Kuku-)Djangun
(Kuku-)Muluridji
Kuku-Jakandji[2]
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
gvn – Kuku-Yalanji
djf – Djangun
vmu – Muluridyi
Glottolog yala1261[3]
AIATSIS[4] Y78

Guugu Yalandji (Kuku-Yalanji) is an Australian Aboriginal language of Queensland. It is the traditional language of the Kuku Yalanji people. Despite conflicts between the Kuku Yalanji people and British settlers in Queensland, the Kuku Yalanji language has a healthy number of speakers, and that number is increasing. Though the language is threatened, the language use is vigorous and children are learning it in schools. All generations of speakers have a positive languages attitudes. The Kuku Yalanji still practice their traditional religion, and they have rich oral traditions. Many people in the Kuk Yalanji community also use English, but use is discouraged. 100 Kuku Yalanji speakers can both read and write in Kuku Yalanji.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuku-Yalanji at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Djangun at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Muluridyi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ RMW Dixon (2002), Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development, p xxxii
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Yalandyic". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Guugu Yalandji at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies