G16: Mayi-Thakurti / Mitakoodi

AIATSIS code: 
G16
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mayi-Thakurti / Mitakoodi

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mayi-Thakurti
Ethnologue name
Maykulan (Mayi-Thakurti)
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Maithakari
Thesaurus heading language
Mayi-Thakurti / Mitakoodi language G16
Thesaurus heading (old)
Mayi-Thakurti / Mitakoodi language (G16) (Qld SF54-02)
Tindale (1974)
Maithakuri (valid alternative pronunciation), Maithakui, Maidhagudi, Maitakudi, Mayatagoorri, Mythugadi, Majadhagudi, Mythuggadi, Mythaguddi, Mit(t)agurdi, Mitagurdi, Mitakoodi, Mittakoodi, Mitro(o)goordi, Mitakudi.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Mittaka, Maithakari, Maidakadi, Maitakudi, Maytagoori, Mythugadi, Mythuggadi, Mythaguddi, Mittagurdi, Mitagurdi, Mitakoodi, Mitroogoordi
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Maykulan, Mittakoodi, Taithakari, agurdi, Maidakadi, Maidhagari, Maidhaggaria, Maidhagudi, Maioakui, Maioakuri, Maitakeidi, Maitakudi, Maithagudi, Maithakari, Maithakudi, Majadhagudi, Mayatagoori, Mayatagoorri, Maydhagurdi, Maytagoori, Mit, Mitagurdi, Mitakudi, Mitrogoordi, Mitroogoordi, Mittagurdi, Mittaka, Mythaguddi, Mythergoody, Mythugadi, Mythuggadi, Mayadhagurdi, Mayidhagurdi, Maithakuri, Maithakui
Comment
Comments: 
According to Breen (1981:2, 15), Mayi is the word for 'speech' or 'language' in two mutually unintelligible but closely related languages from the Gulf area of Queensland, one being Mayi-Kutuna G24 and the other being a dialect chain comprising Mayi-Thakurti (G16), Ngawun G17, Mayi-Kulan G25, Mayi-Yapi G20 and Wunumara G16.1. Breen also says that Mayi is used by speakers to refer to these two languages as a group. Oates and Oates (1970:104) report that Blake places Mitakudi (G16) 'immediately north of the Kalkatungic group, not to the south as on the O'Grady, Wurm and Hale map'. Apparently O'Grady et al. confused it with Mitaka L34, located to the south of Bida-Bida G6.
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland Gulf country. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. (B B832.72/M1)
  • Oates, William J. & Lynette F. Oates. 1970. A revised linguistic survey of Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies 33, Linguistic Series 12. Canberra: AIAS.
  • Palmer, Edward. 1883. Notes on some Australian tribes. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 13, pp. 276-346. (RS 57/5)
  • 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.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
Sharp seems to agree [with Tindale] but Curr's map has it extending further east, and Roth (1897:42) gives it the whole Cloncurry River basin as far north as the Dismal Creek junction (Breen 1981:3). From Williams River and Cloncurry north to Canobie on Cloncurry River; east to the Julia Creek junction with Cloncurry River and to Mount Fort Bowen; at Dalgonally (Tindale 1974). ... upper Cloncurry River, Julia Creek, McGillivray's station on Eastern Creek, and halfway towards the Flinders (Palmer 1883:277).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates0
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
2016Census-

Speaker numbers were measured differently across the censuses and various other sources listed in AUSTLANG. You are encouraged to refer to the sources.

Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).

Documentation
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listSmall (20-100 pages)2
Text CollectionNone0
Grammar2 (on Ngawun)
Audio-visualLess than 11
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Gavan, Breen 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland gulf country Canberra: AIAS. [mainly on Ngawun]

Dictionary: 
Gavan, Breen 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland gulf country Canberra: AIAS.
Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicMaykulan (Mayi-Thakurti)
Dixon (2002)MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)Mayi-ThakurtiNgawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanMayidhagurdi
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicMayidhagurdi
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMayabic PamaMayadhagurdi
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganMitakudicMitakudi (Midhaga)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganMitakudicMitakudi