G16.1: Wunumara

AIATSIS code: 
G16.1
AIATSIS reference name: 
Wunumara

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Wunumara
Ethnologue name
Maykulan (Wunamara)
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Wanamara
Thesaurus heading language
Wunumara language G16.1
Thesaurus heading (old)
Wanamara language (G16.1) (Qld SF54-07)
Tindale (1974)
Wunamara, Woonamurra, Woonomurra, Unamara, Oonoomurra, ? Quippen-bura.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wunamara, Wunumara, Woonamurra, Unamara, Oonoomurra
Glottocode
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Other sources
Wunumara [Breen 1981]
Synonyms
Maykulan, Wunamara, Oonoomurra, Wanamara, Quippen bura, Unamara, Woonamurra, Woonomurra, Wunamora
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 Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti G16, Ngawun G17, Mayi-Kulan G25 and Mayi-Yapi G20. Breen also says that Mayi is used by speakers to refer to these two languages as a group.
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland Gulf country. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. (B B832.72/M1)
  • 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: 
Headwaters of Flinders River, east to Richmond; south to the Divide and to Kynuna; west to the Williams River near Cloncurry; north to Cambridge Downs and Dalgonally (Tindale 1974) ... possibly as in Tindale (Breen 1981)
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
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: 
not 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 (Wunamara)
Dixon (2002)MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)WunumaraNgawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanWunumara
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicWunumara
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMayabic PamaWunamara
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganMayapicWanamara
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganMayapic (Wanamaric)Wanamara