Wunambal language

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Wunambal
Region Western Australia
Native speakers
maybe 20 (2005) to 28 (2006 census)[1]
Worrorran
  • Wunambal
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
wub – Wunambal (Yeidji, Yiiji)
gma – Gamberre (Gaambera)
gww – Kwini (Gunin)
vmi – Miwa
wil – Wilawila (unconfirmed)
Glottolog nort2751[2]
AIATSIS[1] K22 Wunambal, K32 Yiiji, K39 Gambera, K36 Gunin, K44 Miwa, K35 Wilawila

Wunambal, or Northern Worrorran, is a moribund Australian Aboriginal language of Western Australia.

Classification[edit]

Wunambal is grouped with Worrorra and Ungarinjin in the Wororan family.

Wunambal has several dialects, some of which may sometimes be treated as separate languages:[3]

  • Wunambal proper (5 speakers in 2005)
  • Gamberre (5 speakers in 2005)
  • Kwini (Gunin) (1 speaker in 2005)
  • Miwa (Bagu) (extinct)
  • Yiidji (Forrest River) (maybe 10 speakers in 2005)
  • ? Wilawila (extinct)
  • ? Ginan (extinct)

Bowern (2012) lists three Northern Worrorran languages: Wunambal proper, Gamberre, and Gunin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wunambal at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Northern Worrorran". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xli. 
  • McGregor, W (1993). Gunin/Kwini. Munich: Lincom Europa.