N102: Marri Ngarr

AIATSIS code: 
N102
AIATSIS reference name: 
Marri Ngarr

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Name
ABN name
Marri Ngarr language
ABS name
Maringarr
Horton name
Marringarr
Ethnologue name
Maringarr
ISO 639-3 code
zmt
Tindale name
Maringar
Thesaurus heading language
Marri Ngarr language N102
Thesaurus heading (old)
Maringarr / Gidjingali language (N102) (NT SD52-11)
Tindale (1974)
Muringar (valid alternative), Murrinnga, Muringa, Yaghanin, Moil (not a tribal name, ['moi:l] = 'plain' or 'plain country'), Moyle (name as given to river by Europeans).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
mari1419
Other sources
Mari'ngar, Ngangikadre [Tryon 1974] Marringarr, Maringarr, Maringar, Marengar [Top End Handbook]
Synonyms
Maringarr, Marringarr, Maringar, Gidjingali, Marengar, Marringar, Merringar, Moil, Moyle, Muringa, Muringar, Murrinnga, Tangural, Yaghanin, Ngangikadre
Comment
Comments: 
Marri Ngarr (N102) is a non-Pama Nyungan language belonging to country around the middle reaches of the Moyle River (Daly River region, NT). Magati Ke N163 is a closely related dialect of Marri Ngarr, formerly spoken to the west, around the mouth of the Moyle. Marri Ngarr is a member of the Western Daly family, together with Brinkin N7, Marramaninjsji N16 and Merranj N215 (Green and Nordlinger, 2016). The Marri Ngarr community is now located around Wadeye and its outstations, but few fluent speakers remain, with the community having largely shifted to Murrinh-patha N3, together with Kriol and English. There has been little linguistic documentation of Marri Ngarr, with Tryon (1974), Nambatu et al (2009), Asher (2012) and the resources at Green and Nordlinger (2016) being the only publicly available material (Green, p.c. May 2016).
References: 
  • Gren, Ian and Rachel Nordlinger. 2016. <http://www.dalylanguages.org/view_language.php?id=10>
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
  • Nambatu, Ngarul Jimmy, et al. 2009. Marri Ngarr and Magati Ke plants and animals: Aboriginal knowledge of flora and fauna from the Moyle river and Rak Neninh areas, north Australia. Batchelor: Batchelor Press.
  • 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.
  • Tryon, D. T. 1974. Daly Family languages, Australia: Pacific Linguistics C-32. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Walsh, Michael. 1972. Field notes: Muringair (Magadige). (MS 402).
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 
... around the Moyle River near Port Keats (Tryon 1974). The general association was to the swamp and adjacent higher country on the southern side of the Moyle from about 10kms upstream of the mouth to the junction with Tom Turner's Creek. A smaller area on the northern side of the Moyle was also associated with Marringarr (Harvey ASEDA 802). Marri Ngarr country is located on the floodplains of the Moyle River and small coastal areas, including the communities of Nama, Wudipuli, Kubiyirr, Mardingarr and Kulinmerr. (Nambatu 2009:2-3). Contemporary location : Most speakers live in Wadeye community; some live in Nauiyu, 20km north-east of Wadeye on the Daly River. (Nambatu 2009:3).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Wadeye Aboriginal Language Centre
Indigenous organisations: 
Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates30
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate20
2006Census8
2011Census8
2016Census5

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
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Medium (100-200 pages) 3
Text Collection None 0
Grammar A few articles 1
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
-
Dictionary: 
Nambatu, Ngarul Jimmy, et al. 2009. Marri Ngarr and Magati Ke plants and animals: Aboriginal knowledge of flora and fauna from the Moyle river and Rak Neninh areas, north Australia. Batchelor: Batchelor Press.
Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy Bringen Maringarr Maringarr [Dialects: Maranunggu (Marranunga, Maramanunggu, Merranunggu, Warrgat). May be intelligible with other Bringen languages. Lexical similarity 40% with Mullukmulluk and Murrinh-Patha.]
Dixon (2002) DALY RIVER AREAL GROUP Western Daly subgroup* Marri Ngarr Marri Ngarr further dialect: Magati-ge
Wurm (1994) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy Maringarr
Walsh (1981) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy Bringen Maringarr
Oates (1975) Daly Bringen-Wagadj Bringen Maringar
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)