G24: Mayi-Kutuna

AIATSIS code: 
G24
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mayi-Kutuna

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mayi-Kutuna
Ethnologue name
Mayaguduna
ISO 639-3 code
xmy
Tindale name
Maikudunu
Thesaurus heading language
Mayi-Kutuna language G24
Thesaurus heading (old)
Mayi-Kutuna language (G24) (Qld SE54-14)
Tindale (1974)
Maikudun, Maikudung, Maigudung, Mikoodoono, Maigudina, Mygoodan, Mygoodano, Mayagoondoon, Mika-doon, Mikoolun ([sic] Roth, 1897; probably misprint, but see Maikulan).
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
maya1280
Other sources
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Synonyms
Mayaguduna, Maikudunu, Marago, Mayi Yali, Maigudina, Maigudung, Maikudung, Mayagudunu, Maygudan, Mygoodan, Maikudun, Mikoodoono, Mygoodano, Mayagoondoon, Mika doon, Mikoolun
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 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.
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: 
Middle Leichhardt River; north to Augustus Downs; south to Mount Cuthbert; western boundary on edge of inland plateau (Tindale 1974).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen, Peter Sutton
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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word list2?
Text CollectionNone0
Grammar2 (on Ngawun)
Audio-visual1-102
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-NyunganPamanMayabicMayaguduna
Dixon (2002)MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)Mayi-KutunaMayi-Kutuna
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanMayaguduna
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicMayaguduna
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMayabic PamaMayaguduna
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)