G18: Midjamba

AIATSIS code: 
G18
AIATSIS reference name: 
Midjamba

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mbara (Mitjamba)
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Mitjamba
Thesaurus heading language
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Thesaurus heading (old)
Midjamba language (G18) (Qld SF54-04)
Tindale (1974)
Kumbulmara (valid alternative).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Kumbulmara
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Mbara, Mitjamba, Kumbulmara, Midyamba
Comment
Comments: 
According to Oates (1975:297), Sutton discovered that his Mbara and Tindale's Mitjamba (G18) were the same dialect, being mutually intelligible with Yanga E52. Oates therefore subsumes Mbara within Midjamba (i.e. treating Midjamba as the reference name). Sutton (1976:103) says Mitjamba (G18) may be an exonym for Mbara as the only person found to know the term was a Gudjal E60 person.
References: 
  • Capell, Arthur. 1963. Linguistic survey of Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
  • Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre.
  • Sutton, Peter. 1970. Preliminary report [to A.I.A.S.] of field survey of north-east Queensland 1970. (PMS 1780).
  • 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: 
Unconfirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
On Woolgar and Stawell rivers; north to Gregory Range and Gledswood; west to near Saxby Downs; east to Chudleigh Park; south to Cambridge Downs (Tindale 1974).
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People: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
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
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list None 0
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Southern Pama Midjamba (under Mbara)
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Mari Mitjamba
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Mari Mitjamba