L34: Mithaka

AIATSIS Code: 
L34
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Mithaka

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Mithaka
Ethnologue name
Dieri [Midhaga]
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Mitaka
Thesaurus heading
Midhaga / Mithaka language (L34) (Qld SG54-05)
Tindale (1974)
Mittaka, Mittuka, Marunga (name claimed by one of the last survivors, Mit:aka being supposedly a Dieri term), Marrala and Marranda (language names), Murunuta, Mi-daga.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Marunuda (Campbell) [Mathew 1899]
Synonyms
Midhaga
Dieri
Mittaka
Mittuka
Marunga
Marrala
Marranda
Murunuta
Mi daga
Comment
Language comment
Breen (2006 p.c.) thinks Mithaka, Marrulha L33 and Marunuda L49 are the same language, but he does not know whether they are alternative names or distinct varieties (dialects) of the same language. According to Breen (1976:745), Midhaga forms a dialect chain with Ngamini L22, Dhirari L14, Dieri L17, Yaluyandi L31 and Garwali L35.
References

Breen, Gavan. 1967. Preliminary report of linguistic survey of Western Queensland 1967. (MS 159 (Part 1)).
Breen, Gavan. 1976. Ngamini, and a note on Midhaga. In R.M.W. Dixon (ed.) Grammatical categories in Australian languages, Linguistic Series No. 22, pp. 745-50. Canberra: AIAS. (B D621.81/G1)
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
From Durrie north to Glengyle; east to near Monkira; about Lake Machattie, west to Kalidawarry (Tindale 1974). The Bluff (Roseberth) to Haddon Downs to Currawilla to Monkira to Cacoory (Breen MS 159).
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: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganKarnicKarnaDieri [Midhaga]Dieri [dialects: Related to Garuwali, Marrula, Midhaga, Yarluyandi, all of which may be extinct.]
Dixon (2002)LAKE EYRE BASIN AREAL GROUPCentral Lake Eyre Basin areal groupMidhagaMidhaga further dialects: Karruwali, Marrulha (or Marrula)
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganKarnicMidhaga
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganKarnicDiyari/KarnaMidhaga
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganKarnicKarnaMidhaga
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)