Talk:Gunwinggu language

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Absolute directions only[edit]

Dr Jeffrey Pomerantz asserted that an Australian language, which I heard as close to Gunwinggu, had no words for relative direction (e.g. right and left) and only absolute direction (e.g turn to the West). If I heard this right and if true, it would be worth noting. --Rumping (talk) 21:19, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

There are words for left and right. Kudjakku (left) and kukun (right). Dictionary is available for free download at http://bininjgunwok.org.au/resources/books/ Zaddikskysong (talk) 12:49, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Name of article[edit]

Gunwinggu is an outdated version of the spelling of this language. Looking at the article now, the only use of the spelling "Gunwinggu" is in the title, and thereafter "Kunwinjku" is used (the currently accepted spelling in standard Kunwinjku orthography). The only other reference to "Gunwinggu" is in the Oates text in the further reading list, which is from 1964. That said, I think Kunwinjku is strictly a dialect of the language (probably the most widely known), the only umbrella term for all dialects being "Bininj Gunwok" (see the dialects paragraph). I would suggest redirecting this page to a new page titled "Kunwinjku" or "Bininj Gunwok". See e.g. http://bininjgunwok.org.au/about/ Zaddikskysong (talk) 13:11, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

We wouldn't want to redirect it. Move it, maybe, depending on the spelling in the preponderance of sources. — kwami (talk) 08:13, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
That's what I meant, really. I'm going to move this page to "Kunwinjku language" in a few days unless there are objections. This is supported by the majority of sources. "Bininj Gunwok" is perhaps a more general term, but is a neologism not used by native speakers and present in fewer sources. Zaddikskysong (talk) 13:08, 2 September 2014 (UTC)