K29: Miriwoong / Miriuwung

AIATSIS Code: 
K29
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Miriwoong / Miriuwung

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Miriwoong (Australian people)
ABS Name
Miriwoong
Horton Name
Miriwoong
Ethnologue name
Miriwung
ISO 639-3 code
mep
Tindale name
Miriwung
Thesaurus heading
Miriwoong / Miriuwung language (K29) (WA SD52-14)
Tindale (1974)
Miriwun, Miriwong, Mirriwong, Miriwu (of Kitja), Moreng, Mirong, Mirung.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Mirung
Glottocode
miri1266
Other sources
Mireau (Worms:1953, 1957) [Kofod 1978:2]
Synonyms
Miriwung
Mariu
Miriung
Mariyung
Miriwong
Miriwu
Miriwun
Mirong
Mirriwong
Mirung
Moreng
Mireau
Comment
Language comment
References

Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Kofod, Frances M. 1978. The Miriwung language (East Kimberley): a phonological and morphological study, University of New England: MA. (MS 107).
Summer Institute of Linguistics. 1971. Linguistic survey of N.E. Kimberleys survey, October 1970: transcription of conversations on languages and tribes [tape nos. 2175, 2178, 2179, 2180, 21825, 2187- 90]. (PMS 1766)
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
WA
Location information
Carlton Hill homestead to the north, Newry station to the east, Rosewood to the south-east, Lissadell to the south and a line approximately that of the Hall's Creek road to the west. Where the Ord River becomes salty at Carlton Crossing is said to be the end of the Miriwung country and the beginning of the Wuladja country. The country takes in a large part of the Ord and the Dunham rivers and the Carr Boyd ranges (Kofod 1978:1). Valley of Ord River north to Carlton; upstream to Ivanhoe Station and east to Newry Station. On the Keep River to near the coastal swamps (Tindale 1974). Eastward limit: Rosewood and Newry homesteads were associated with Miriwoong. Northward limit: Drainages flowing into the Ord River associated with Miriwoong. Drainages flowing into the Victoria or directly into the sea associated with Gajirrabeng. Westward limit: Carlton Hill homestead was associated with Miriwoong. House Roof Hill was a western limit of Miriwoong associations. Molly Spring Creek Yard also a western limit of Miriwoong associations. The drainage of the Ord River downstream from Lissadell homestead. Southward limit: There was no precise information on the southward limit in 2007. It was somewhere not far to the south of Lissadell homestead (Harvey ASEDA 802).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Oates 1973 Senate 1984 Schmidt 1990 Census 1996 Census 2001 NILS 2004 2005 estimate Census 2006
15 - 1/10/2020 109 140 58 50 208
Speaker NILS table
1 3 4 5
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
10
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Medium (100-200 pages) 3
Text Collection Less than 20 pages 1
Grammar Large grammar (more than 200 pages) 4
Audio-visual 1-10 2
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Kofod, Frances. 1978. The Miriwung language (East Kimberly): a phonological and morphological study, University of New England: MA.
Dictionary: 
Kofod, Frances. 1978. The Miriwung language (East Kimberly): a phonological and morphological study, University of New England: MA.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Frances Kofod, Mirima Dawang Woorlabgerring Language and Centre
Indigenous organisations: 

Mirima Dawang Woorlab-Gerring Language and Culture Centre: http://mirima.org.au/

 

Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Djeragan     Miriwung  
Dixon (2002)   KITJA/MIRIWUNG SUBGROUP*   Miriwung Miriwung Kofod (1978) further dialect: Gajirrawung
Wurm (1994) Djeragan Miriwungic   Miriwung  
Walsh (1981) Djeragan Miriwungic   Miriwung  
Oates (1975) Djeragan Miriwunic   Miriwung  
Wurm (1972) Djeragan Miriwunic   Miriwun  
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966) Djeragan Miriwunic   Miriwun