Ngurlu (A10 ) in Sourcebook for Central Australian Languages (1981).
Names of the language and different spellings that have been used:
Adn'amatana (Schebeck), Adnjamadana (AIAS), Adnyamatana (SAW), Adnjamathanha (Schebeck), Andjamat_ana (Schebeck), Anjamatana (C, Mountford), Atnyamathanha, Umbertana (C: place name)
Related languages: Wailpi, Yandali (closely related -- Breen)
Classification of the language:
Southern Western Desert Type, Yura subgroup
Oates '73: 64
Present number and distribution of speakers:
Perhaps 20-30 good speakers. Traditionally, on western slopes of northern Flinders Ranges, S.A. Black, 1979 --
People who have worked intensively on the language:
H. Hale & N. Tindale, G.N. O'Grady, Schebeck, McEntee, Austin.
Grammar or sketch grammar:
Material available on the language:
Austin, Peter. 1977. A dictionary of the Adnyamathana language. 10p. ms. Adelaide. (pMs 216, AIAS). (prepared for Adnyamathana literacy project).
----------, R. Ellis & Luise A. Hercus. 1976. 'Fruit of the Eyes': semantic diffusion in the Lakes Languages of South Australia. Pacific Linguistics A.47:57-77 (Papers in Australian Linguistics, 10)
Breen, J.G. 1967. Atnyamathanha field notes. (1 hour tape-recording). 13p. (pMs 244, AIAS)
---------- Yandali field notes. (some)
Hale, Herbert M. & Norman B. Tindale. 1924(?). Observations on Aborigines of the Flinders Ranges, and records of rock carvings and paintings. Adelaide: Records of the S.A. Museum
Hercus, L.A. 1979. In the margins of an Arabana-Wangganguru dictionary: the loss of initial consonants. Pacific Linguistics C.54:621-52 (Australian Linguistic Studies, ed. by S.A. Wurm.)
---------- & I.M. White. 1973. Perception of kinship structure reflected in the Adnjamathanha pronouns. (Papers in Australian Linguistics, No. 6.) Pacific Linguistics A.36:47-72.
McEntee, J.E. 1976. Pronunciation guide to the Adnamatana language. (Erudina Station). ms. i+30p. illus. (p 6282, AIAS)
O'Grady, G.N. 1967. Adnyamathanha ~ Wailpi. (vocabulary list by domains, several hundred items) ms.
Schebeck, B. 1972. Les systemes phonologiques des langues australiennes. (dissertation?) Paris.
---------- 1973. The Adnjamathanha personal pronoun and the Wailpi kinship system. (Papers in Australian Linguistics, No. 6) Pacific Linguistics A.36:1-45.
---------- 1974. Texts on the social system of the Atynyamathanha people, with grammatical notes. Pacific Linguistics D.21. xiii+278p.
---------- 1976. Transitivity, ergativity and voice in Atjnjamathanha, pp.534-544,549-550 in Grammatical Categories in Australian Languages, ed. by R.M.W. Dixon. AIAS.
Kathy Menning (comp.) and David Nash (ed.) 1981. © IAD Press
AIATSIS gratefully acknowledges IAD Press for permission to use this material in AUSTLANG.