G21: Mbara

AIATSIS Code: 
G21
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Mbara

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Mbara
Ethnologue name
Mbara
ISO 639-3 code
mvl
Tindale name
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Thesaurus heading
Mbara language (G21) (Qld SF54-04)
Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
mbar1254
Other sources
Bargal [Sutton 1976:103]
Synonyms
Ambara
Mitjamba
Balgalu
Bargal
Comment
Language comment
See also Midjamba G18. 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 may be an exonym for Mbara as the only person found to know the term was a Gudjal E60 person. Sutton also says that Bargal G22 appears to be a Ngawun G17 term for Mbara.
References

Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre.
Sutton, Peter. 1976. The diversity of initial dropping languages in southern Cape York. In Languages of Cape York, ed. Peter Sutton, 102-123. Canberra: AIAS.
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
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).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
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NILS endangerment grade
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Documentation
Document Score: 
3
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarNone0
Audio-visual1-102
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganMbaraMbara
Dixon (2002)SOUTH-EAST CAPE YORK PENINSULA GROUPMbara (Ambara)Mbara (and, possibly, Yanga; alternative names: Ambara, Bargal)
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanMbara
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanSouthern PamaMbara
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMbara (G18)
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)