Kuku Yalanji


The locations of the language varieties of Cape York Peninsula shown on this map are not intended for Land Claim use, and are an approximate guide only. Individual language project locations are based on information from publicly available documents.  

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AUSTLANG referenceY78 AIATSIS Code

AUSTLANG reference nameKuku YalanjiAIATSIS reference name
LANGUAGE VARIETY NAME, PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTIONPhonetic transcription of language variety name with IPA
LANGUAGE VARIETY NAME, PHONEMIC TRANSCRIPTIONPhonemic transcription of language variety name with IPA; Hyperlink to a webpage with a phonology chart of the language variety.
LANGUAGE VARIETY COMPLEXName of largest mutually intelligible complex.

Select: Revival, Revitalisation, Renewal, Reclamation, Maintenance. Perhaps also include Second Language Learning if non-ethnic users are learning in an L2 situation.

PRACTICAL ORTHOGRAPHIESLynette F. Oates, Kuku-Yalanji Dictionary. 1992.

Elizabeth Patz, A Grammar of the Kuku Yalanji Language of Far North Queensland. Submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Australian National University. December 1982.

Henry D. Herschberger and Ruth Herschberger: Kuku-Yalanji Dictionary. Work papers od SIL-AAB, series B volume 7. Darwin 1986.

In Papers on the Languages of the Australian Aborigines:
Ruth Herscheberger, “Notes on Gugu-Yalanji verbs”.
Ruth Herschberger, “Personal pronouns in Gugu-Yalanji”.
Ruth Herscheberger, “-ku ‘then’ and -da ‘now’ in Gugu-Yalanji”.
Henry Herschberger, “Case-marking affixes in Gugu-Yalanji”.
Henry Herschberger, “Gugu-Yalanji noun phrases”.

List of practical orthographies (including obsolete ones) that have been used or are used to write texts. In the name of the orthography is included the year of first use or description of orthography in print. Format:
These names are PLC’s reference names for orthographies. Include references for each orthography. Exclude orthographies from linguists’ grammar monographs if those orthographies have not been used by speakers.
CURRENT LANGUAGE ACTIVITYKuku Yalanji classes for all students in Mossman State School since 2018.Overview of current activities

and links to relevant projects within website

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Summary of Present Situation, Past Investigations + links to further reading
LINGUISTIC NOTES & SOURCESInclude any standardisation efforts, regularisation, engineered phonology (e.g. diachronic syncope, aphaeresis…). List any available sources, link to any online resources.
PAST LANGUAGE REVIVAL ACTIVITYInclude any previous (pre-Pama Language Centre) revival (or other type) of work. Include production of texts (Bibles, newspapers…), recordings (songs, dance videos, other videos…). Include other language-related activities (scripted welcome-to-countries…).

Godumu Kugu: The New Testament in Kuku-Yalanji. World Home Bible League 1985.

Production of ebooks and printed books since 2017: Balkan Balkal Kuku Kubirrika Yala Manjalaka.

Links to Pama Language Centre resources and open access resources, link to PLC shop if valid. Include any online resources (wordlists, online forums, facebook groups)
DICTIONARY WATCH THIS SPACEList links to Dictionaries. List Harvard-system reference.
OPEN ACCESS ARCHIVAL RESOURCES Link to archival resources, conditions of access to be determined by relevant ALAT.
FIND A TRANSLATORList details of all those capable of translations, esp NAATI-qualified.
CONNECT WITH SPEECH COMMUNITY Facebook groups, community websites, phone numbers. NGOs, Local groups (church, youth, women, men, clan…)