Gooniyandi is a member of the Bunuban language family, along with Bunuba. It is spoken by about 100 people in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, and in a number of outstation communities in the river areas between there and Halls Creek.
Gooniyandi is also known as Konejandi, Koneyandi, Kunian, Kunan, Konean, Konajan, Kuniandu, Kunian, Kunan, Goonien, Gunian, Gun-ian or Gunan.
A system of writing Gooniyandi using the Latin alphabet was adopted by the community in 1984, and was subsequently revised in 1990 and again in 1999. It is not phonemic, as it omits some distinctions made in speech.
Gooniyandi is not being passed on to children in families. However, since 1982 various programmes have been developed to teach it in some schools, and increasing numbers of children are using the language on a daily basis.
Information compiled by Wolfram Siegel.
Information about the Gooniyandi people, language and culture
Recordings of spoken Gooniyandi
Page last modified: 23.04.21
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