Milamada (A36 ) in Sourcebook for Central Australian Languages (1981).
Names of the language and different spellings that have been used:
Ngardi (O'G,RLS), Ngari (Wafer), Ngadi (AC), Ngati (Joyce Hudson)
Classification of the language:
Central Western Desert Type, Ngarrka subgroup
Oates '73: 58.3
Present number and distribution of speakers:
About 20-30 at Balgo Mission, 1980. Some at Gordon Downs, Billiluna, Lake Gregory, and a couple at Yuendumu and Lajamanu (Hooker Creek). Traditionally from Balgo to Gordon Downs. Milliken, 1972 --
Black, 1979 --
People who have worked intensively on the language:
Warlpiri orthography is suitable.
Capell (1952), Wafer (1980)
Grammar or sketch grammar:
Material available on the language:
Capell, A. 1952. The Wailbri through their own eyes. Oceania 23.2:110-132. (brief comparative vocabulary in 6 languages)
---------- 1962. Waljbiri grammar, p.15-50 in Some Linguistic Types in Australia. Handbook of Australian Languages, Part II. Oceania Linguistic Monographs No. 7. Sydney: University of
Sydney. (reprints Capell, 1952)
McConvell, Patrick. (Ngardi field notes.) ms.
Tsunoda, Tasaku. (Ngardi field notes.) ms.
Wafer, Jim. 1980. Preliminary observations on Ngari. 8/9/80. 3+4p. ts. IAD. (about 170 words)
Kathy Menning (comp.) and David Nash (ed.) 1981. © IAD Press
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