G25: Mayi-Kulan

AIATSIS code: 
G25
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mayi-Kulan

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mayi-kulan
Ethnologue name
Maykulan
ISO 639-3 code
mnt
Tindale name
Maikulan
Thesaurus heading language
Mayi-Kulan language G25
Thesaurus heading (old)
Mayi-Kulan language (G25) (Qld SE54-11)
Tindale (1974)
Maikulung, Maikolon, Makulu, Mygoolan, Mykoo-lan, Mycoolon, Micoolan, Miccoolin, Mikkoolan, Mikoolun, Mykulau (typographical error).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Maikulung, Mygoolan, Mykoolan, Micoolan, Mikkoolan, Maikulan
Glottocode
mayk1239
Other sources
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Synonyms
Maykulan, Mayi kulan, Maikulan, Maigudina, Maigudung, Maigulung, Maikolon, Maikudun, Maikudung, Maikudunu, Maikulung, Makulu, Mayagoondoon, Mayagulan, Mayhulan, Miccoolin, Micoolan, Mikadoon, Mikkoolan, Mikoodoono, Mikoolun, Mycoolon, Mygoodan, Mygoodano, Mygoolan, Mykoolan, Mykulau, Mykoo lan
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-Kulan, Mayi-Thakurti G16, Ngawun G17, 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 Norman, Yappar, and Clara rivers; north to Milgarra; east to Gregory Range; west to Iffley and Canobie Stations (Tindale 1974).
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
1975Oates1
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 listLess than 20 pages1
Text Collection
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: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicMaykulan
Dixon (2002)MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)Mayi-KulanNgawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanMayagulan
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicMayagulan
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMayabic PamaMayagulan
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganMayapicMaykulan
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganMayapic (Wanamaric)Maykulan