A3: Ngadjumaya / Ngadju

AIATSIS Code: 
A3
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Ngadjumaya / Ngadju

tab group

Name
ABN Name
-
ABS Name
Ngatjumaya
Horton Name
Ngatjunmay
Ethnologue name
Ngadjunmaya
ISO 639-3 code
nju
Tindale name
Ngadjunmaia
Thesaurus heading
Ngatjumaya / Ngatjumay / Ngatju language (A3) (WA SI51-03)
Tindale (1974)
Ngadjunpakara, Ngadjunpukara, Ngadjunma (valid short form of name), Ngadju: (['nadan] = yes), Ba:donjunga (i.e., subincised men, Wudjari term), Bardok (means 'subin-cised'), Pardoak (Wiilman term), Ngadjumaja (of Njunga tribe to south), Malba (general name for their language; it is applied by southern tribes to the languages of the Kalaako and Kalamaia as well as the Ngadjunmaia; the term really means the 'circumcised ones'), Fraser Range tribe, Minninng, West Meening (term coined by P. W. Schmidt), West Mining, Buljigu (dialect spoken by northern Ngadjunmaia hordes).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Bardojunga
Glottocode
ngad1258
Other sources
Ngatju, Wangka Malpa [Douglas 1968:4$1684] Ngajumaya, Karlaaku, Ngajunka, Ngajunkarra [Wangka Maya PALC 2008$6649] Marlpamaya [Marmion p.c. 2013]
Synonyms
Ngatjumaya
Ngadjunmaya
Ngatjunmay
Galagu
Kalako
Ngadjunmaia
Ba:donjunga
Badonjunga
Bardojunga
Bardok
Buljigu
Fraser Range tribe
Malba
Marlba
Marlpa
Minninng
Ngadjumaja
Ngadjunma
Ngadjunpakara
Ngadjunpukara
Ngadyunma
Ngatju
Ngatjumay
Ngatjunmaya
Norseman
Pardoak
Tchaakalaaga
Wangka malpa
West Meening
West Mining
Ngadyumaya
Ngadjunma/Marlba
Wangka Malpa
Ngadju:
Comment
Language comment
References

Brandenstein, Carl G. von. 1980. Ngadjumaja: an Aboriginal language of south-east Western Australia. Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachwissen-schaft der Universität Innsbruck.
Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1968. The Aboriginal languages of south-west Australia: speech forms in current use and a technical description of Njungar: Australian Aboriginal Studies 14, Linguistic Series 4. Canberra: AIAS.
Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Berkeley: University of California Press/Canberra: Australian National University Press.
Walsh, Michael. 1981. Maps of Australia and Tasmania. In Language atlas of the Pacific area Pt 1, eds S. A. Wurm and Shirô Hattori. Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. 2008. Ngajumaya dictionary 2008. South Hedland, WA: Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
WA
Location information
Goddard Creek south to Mount Ragged, Israelite Bay, and Point Malcolm, possession of the latter place being a matter of dispute with the Njunga people since before contact times; west to Fraser Range; east to near Narethal and to near Point Culver on the coast; at Mount Andrew and Balladonia (Tindale 1974). Contemporary location: The very few speakers are now spread from the Kalgoorlie region through to Esperance. (Wangka Maya PALC 2008).
Maps
  • Tindale, Norman. 1974. Tribal boundaries in Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Division of National Mapping, Department of National Development.
Catalogue
Search MURA the AIATSIS catalogue, for items about this language
Speakers
Speaker table
Oates 1973 Senate 1984 Schmidt 1990 Census 1996 Census 2001 NILS 2004 2005 estimate Census 2006
- - - - - 10 5 -
Speaker NILS table
2 3 4 5
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
6
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Small (20-100 pages) 2
Text Collection Small (20-100 pages) 2
Grammar Sketch grammar (less than 100 pages) 2
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available (Bates)
Grammar: 
von Brandenstein, Carl. 1980. Ngadjumaja: an Aboriginal language of southeast Western Australia. Innsbruck: Institut fur Sprachwissenschaft det Universitat Innsbruck.
Dictionary: 
von Brandenstein, Carl. 1980. Ngadjumaja: an Aboriginal language of southeast Western Australia. Innsbruck: Institut fur Sprachwissenschaft det Universitat Innsbruck.
Programs
Activities: 
AIATSIS Centre for Australian Languages research fellow, Doug Marmion, made three visits to the Ngajumaya region over 2012–2013 to work with Ngajumaya speakers and community members on establishing a standard orthography, transcribing and analysing language data from historical documents, and assisting with the development of language learning programs for young people.
People: 
Carl von Brandenstein, Norman Tindale, Geoffrey O'Grady, Wilfrid Douglas, Steven Roberts, Doug Marmion, Sue Hanson
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan South-West Mirning Ngadjunmaya Ngadjunmaya [dialects: Related to Kalarko.]
Dixon (2002)   WESTERN BIGHT GROUP   Ngadjunmaya Kalaaku (=Ngadjunmaya)
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan South-West   Ngatjunmaya, Ngatjumay  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan South-West Mirning  Nyungar Ngadjunmaya, Ngatjumay  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Pilbara-Nyungar (Southwest) Mirninj (Ngadju) Ngadjunma/Marlba  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Southwest (or Nyungic) Mirniny Ngadjunma  
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Southwest Mirniny Ngadjunma