Spoken L1 Language: Yir-Yoront

Comments on subclassification

Paul Black 2004 Barry Alpher 1972

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2022
Yir-Yoront (2590-yiy) = Severely Endangered (20 percent certain, based on the evidence available)

(see Wurm 2007)

Retired in ISO 639-3: Split into Yir Yoront [yyr] and Yirrk-Mel [yrm]

  • Change request: 2012-117
  • ISO 639-3: yiy
  • Name: Yir Yoront
  • Reason: split
  • Effective: 2013-01-23

Excerpt from change request document:

Yirrk-Mel is currently listed as an dialect of Yir Yoront (yiy), but it is clear they share a sister language relationship, but a dialectal one. Barry (2004), in his comparative historical linguistics work mentions "[proto Yirr], the common ancestor of Yir-Yoront and Yirrk-Mel" (389). The 2010 publication "Western Paman Languages" includes Yirrk-Mel (under its alternate name Yirrk-Thangalkl) as a sister language of Yir-Yoront. The AusAnthrop database lists them as two separate language entries. In addition, Dr. Claire Bowern has done recent fieldwork in the area and provided us with exact centroid coordinates of the area where the languages are spoken (see appropriate New Code Request form), and although extrapolating language relationship from geographical proximity is sometimes dangerous the two distinct sets of centroid coordinates in this case supports the claim that the languages are separate.

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