N120: Warndarrang

AIATSIS Code: 
N120
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Warndarrang

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Warndarang language
ABS Name
-
Horton Name
Mara (Warndarang)
Ethnologue name
Wandarang
ISO 639-3 code
wnd
Tindale name
Wandarang
Thesaurus heading
Warndarrang / Warndarang language (N120) (NT SD53-11)
Tindale (1974)
Wandaran, Wandarung, Wanderang, Wangarong.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wandarang
Glottocode
wand1263
Other sources
Warndarang, Wandarang, Wandaran, Warndarrang [Top End Handbook]
Synonyms
Wuyarrawala
Wandarang
Mara
Warndarang
Andarang
Wandaran
Wandarrang
Wandarung
Wanderang
Wangarong
Comment
Language comment
Warndarrang is a non-Pama Nyungan language of the Northern Territory. Warndarang (N120) is classed as 'moderately genetically' related to Mara N112 (and Alawa N92) by Heath, who notes their divergent morphological structures. Similarities in general structure may be due to diffusional interaction (1981:4). Heath notes that Warndarang was the principle language of a clan at the mouth of the Roper River, a coastal clan to the north and along the Phelp River, north from the Roper to near the coast. Harvey examines classifications of the Marran language family beginning with O'Grady et al., who proposed it consisted of Marra N112, Warndarrang (N78) (and Alawa N92) a theory supported by Heath (see above); Merlan adds Mangarrayi N78 to this group. Harvey cites a lack of evidence, such as no common grammatical innovations, to link Marra and Warndarrang genetically. The high shared vocabulary count between them must be a result of borrowing (2012:358). This conclusion places the rest of the Marran family in some doubt (Harvey, 2012:329). See also Yukul N85. The Ngukurr Language Centre uses Warndarrang for language and Warndarang for people: ,http://ngukurrlc.org.au/languages/marra?language=warndarrang>
References

Harvey, Mark. 2012. Wandarrang and Marr: A diffusional or genetic relationship? in Australian Journal of Linguistics (32)3 ed. Keith, A. pp 327-360.
Heath, Jeffrey G. 1981. Basic materials in Mara: grammar, texts and dictionary: Pacific Linguistics C-60. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
Location information
Phelp River, inland from coast; west to Mount Leane (Tindale 1974). The affiliations of Warndarrang are principally taken from Heath. The affiliations of Warndarrang were coastal extending from the Towns River to approximately Minnie Creek. They extended inland up to 20kms. Wonmurri Waterhole on the Phelps River was at the western limit of Warndarrang affiliations (Harvey ASEDA 802).
Maps
-
Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
9
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listSmall (20-100 pages)2
Text CollectionSmall (20-100 pages)2
GrammarSmall grammar (100-200 pages)3
Audio-visual1-102
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Heath, Jeffrey. 1980. Basic materials in Warndarang: grammar, texts and dictionary: Pacific Linguistics B72, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Dictionary: 
Heath, Jeffrey. 1980. Basic materials in Warndarang: grammar, texts and dictionary: Pacific Linguistics B72, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Arthur Capell, Jeffrey Heath, Margaret Sharpe, Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)GunwingguanMaranMaraWandarangWandarang [dialects: Related to Mara]
Dixon (2002)ARNHEM LAND GROUPMarra/Warndarrang subgroup*Warndarrang (or Wuyarrawala)Warndarrang (or Wuyarrawala) Heath (1980b)
Wurm (1994)MaranMaraWamdarang
Walsh (1981)MaranMaraNawariyiWarndarang
Oates (1975)MaranMaricNawariyiWandarang
Wurm (1972)MaranMaricNawariyiWandarang
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)MaranMaricNawariyiWandaran