Djabugay language

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Djabugay
Region Queensland, Australia
Native speakers
28 (2006 census)[1]
Dialects
  • Djabugay
  • Yirrgay
  • Bulway
  • Guluy
  • Njagali (Nyagali)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dyy
Glottolog dyaa1242[3]
AIATSIS[1] Y106

Djabugay (or Djabuganjdji; see below for oher names) is a nearly extinct Australian Aboriginal language once spoken by Djabugay people.

Classification[edit]

Though sometimes placed in a separate Yidinyic branch of Pama–Nyungan, Bowern (2011) retains Djabugay in its traditional place within the Paman languages.[4]

Names[edit]

Names for this language and/or some of its dialects include:

  • Djabugay, Djabugai, Dyaabugay, Dyabugay, Tjapukai
  • Tjabakai-Thandji, Tjabogaijanji; Djabungandji, Tjapunkandji
  • Tjunbundji; Koko-Tjumbundji
  • Tjankun
  • Tjankir
  • Kokonyungalo, Kikonjunkulu
  • Bulum-Bulum
  • Check-Cull
  • Chewlie
  • Hileman
  • Kodgotto
  • Ngarlkadjie
  • Orlow

Vocabulary[edit]

Some words from the Djabugay language, as spelt and written by Djabugay authors include:[5]

  • Bulurru: elsewhere known as Dreaming, the source of life.
  • Gurrabana: where people and everything in Djabugay society and life is divided between wet and dry, this is the wet season side.
  • Gurraminya: where people and everything in Djabugay society and life is divided between wet and dry, this is the dry season side.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Djabugay at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxii. 
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Dyaabugay". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)
  5. ^ Duffin, Rhonda & Brim, Rosetta (1993?) Ngapi Garrang Bulurru-m: All Things Come from Bulurru. Kuranda, Queensland. ISBN 0-646-09380-0.