D32: MURUWARI / MURRAWARRI

AIATSIS Code: 
D32
AIATSIS Reference name: 
MURUWARI / MURRAWARRI

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Muruwari language
ABS Name
Muruwari
Horton Name
Muruwari
Ethnologue name
Muruwari
ISO 639-3 code
zmu
Tindale name
Morowari
Thesaurus heading
Muruwari / Murrawarri language (D32) (NSW SH55-06)
Tindale (1974)
Murawari (valid alternative), Murawarri, Murra-warri, Muruworri, Muruwurri, Murueri, Moorawarree, Moorawarrie, Marawari.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Morowari, Marawari, Murrawarri, Muruwurri, Moorawarree, Moorawarrie, Marraawarree, Murri
Glottocode
muru1266
Other sources
Murawarri [Mathews 1903] Murruwurri (collector unknown), Murawari (Radcliff-Brown), Marawari, Murawari (Capell), Marawari, Murawari (Janet Mathews) [Oates 1988:5]
Synonyms
Muruwari
Muruwarri
Murawarri
Morowari
Marawari
MarraaWarree
Maruwari
Moorawarree
Moorawarrie
Morewari
Murawari
Murrawari
Murrawarri
Murri
Murueri
Muruworri
Muruwurri
Yacko Yacko
Marraawarree
Murra warri
Comment
Language comment
According to Oates's informant (1988:6), Muruwari people consist of five groups: Nuntukuri D50, Kungakuri D49, Kuntakuri D53, Thinuntu D52 and Purukuri D51, but it is not certain whether each of these groups had a separate dialect. Walsh (1981) treats these names as dialect names, while Radcliffe-Brown (1923:434) mentions the first two and calls them 'sub-tribes' who probably spoke different dialects.
References

Oates, Lynette F. 1988. The Muruwari language: Pacific Linguistics C-108. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Radcliffe-Brown, Alfred R. 1918, 1923. Notes on the social organization of Australian tribes. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 48:222-253; 53:424-447.
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 ShirĂ´ Hattori. Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NSW
QLD
Location information
Guloga River, Birrie and Bokhara Rivers, Nebine and the Barwon, Weilmoringle, Brewarrina, Enngonia, Mulga Downs, Weela,as far east as Goodooga, to north Bourke, and northwards into Queensland about twenty-five kilometeres east of Cunnamulla, as far west as the Paroo River, to the south, from North Bourke to about twenty kilometeres north of the Darling River,and to Barwon at Brewarrina (Oates 1988:1). Barringun, N.S.W., and Enngonia on Warrego River; Brenda, and Weilmoringle on Culgoa River; at Milroy; south to near Collerina. Extensively in New South Wales extending north to Mulga Downs and Weela (Wee-lamurra) in Queensland (Tindale 1974).
Maps
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Catalogue
Search MURA the AIATSIS catalogue, for items about this language
Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
-
Documentation
Document Score: 
12
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listSmall (20-100 pages)2
Text CollectionMedium (100-200 pages)3
GrammarLarge grammar (more than 200 pages)4
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Oates, Lynette. 1988. The Muruwari language: Pacific Linguistics C108. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Dictionary: 
Oates, Lynette. 1992. Muruwari (Moo-roo-warri) dictionary: words of an Aboriginal language of north-western New South Wales (Brewarrina-Goodooga-Bourke area) written for schools. Albury, NSW:Graeme van Brummelen.
Programs
Activities: 
Wonganurra Aboriginal Corporation has been running the Murrawari Language Project and producing a word list, flash cards, and music CD (2007). Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation received funding from the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program in the 2008-2009 financial year in order to teach the Yuwaalaraay/Murrawarri languages to students and community members in Goodooga.
People: 
Janet Mathews, Lynette Oates, Judy Trefry, Wonganurra Aboriginal Corporation, Pulkurru Aboriginal Corporation
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganMuruwaricMuruwari
Dixon (2002)CENTRAL NEW SOUTH WALES GROUPMuruwarri (or Murawarri)Muruwarri (or Murawarri)
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganMuruwaricMuruwari
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganMuruwaricMuruwari (Murawari)Muruwari (Murawari) [dialects: Buruguri/Baderugali, Gungaguri, Dhindundu, Nunduguri, Gungaguri]
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMuruwaricMuruwari
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganMarawaricMarawari (Muruwari)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganMurawaricMurawari