Gooniyandi is a member of the Bunuban language family, along with Bunuba,
and 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.
A system of spelling Gooniyandi in the Latin alphabet was adopted
by the community in 1984, and 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, however since 1982 various
programmes have been developed to teach it to Gooniyandi children 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
Other Australian Aboriginal languages
Kala Lagaw Ya,
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet