N157: NGAN'GI

AIATSIS code: 
N157
AIATSIS reference name: 
NGAN'GI

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
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Ethnologue name
Nangikurrunggurr
ISO 639-3 code
nam
Tindale name
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Thesaurus heading language
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Thesaurus heading (old)
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Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
nang1259
Other sources
Tyemeri, Nangityemeri [Top End Handbook] Ngan'gi [Reid & McTaggart]
Synonyms
NGANGI, Ngan, gi tjemerri, Nangikurrunggurr, Tyemeri, Nangityemeri
Comment
Comments: 
Ngangityemerri (N157) is a name used by linguists for the language consisting of Ngan'gikurunggurr N8 and Ngan'giwumirri N17 (Baker, 1996). Reid (1990) identifies Ngan'gimerri N160 as a third dialect of Ngan'gityemerri N157. Note that Ethnologue uses Nangikurrunggurr, instead of Ngan'gityemerri, as the language name and Ngangi-Tjemerri (N157) as one of the Nangikurrunggurr dialects. Reid and McTaggart (2008:319) use the term Ngan'gi instead of Ngan'gityemerri in their 2008 dictionary (to refer to the closely related Ngan'gikurunggurr N8 and Ngen'giwumirri N17 languages). Ngan'gikurunggurr N8 and Ngen'giwumirri N17 (i.e. Ngan'gi (N157*)) have 90% common vocabulary, identical verbal structure, and are mutually intelligible. Reid and Taggart report that although linguists would describe them as dialects of the one language, they are described as separate languages to reflect distinct group identities. Recent research (Green 2003, in Reid 2008:322-3) questions the status of the Daly family (of which Ngan'gityemerri is a member, within the Southern Daly subgroup) as established by Tryon (1974), suggesting that the relationship between the subgroups is unconvincing. Green also claims that Murrinh-patha N3 may be related to Ngan'gityemerri (N157) within the Southern Daly group.
References: 
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
  • Reid, Nicholas John. 1990. Ngan'gityemerri: a language of the Daly River region, Northern Territory of Australia, Australian National University: PhD.
  • Reid, Nicholas & Patricia Marrfurra McTaggart. 2008. Ngan'gi dictionary. Armidale: Australian Linguistics Press.
  • Tryon, D. T. 1974. Daly Family languages, Australia: Pacific Linguistics C-32. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 
The general associations were to the escarpment and adjacent plain country on the northern side of Wingate Plateau from Allia Creek to the junction of the Moyle River and Tom Turner's Creek. Associations extended 10-20km onto the plains from the escarpment. In the west, upper Chalunyi Creek was associated with Ngan'gityemerri. Lower Chalunyi Creek was associated with Marringarr (Harvey ASEDA 802). [Daly River region of Northern Territory] in the communities of Nauiyu, Peppimenarti, Wudigapildhiyerr, and in a small number of smaller outstations on traditional lands, such as Nganambala and Merrepen.
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Nick Reid
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
2016Census-

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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listMedium (100-200 pages)3
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarLarge grammar (more than 200 pages)4
Audio-visualNone0
Manuscript note: 
Grammar: 

Reid, Nick. 1990. Ngan'gityemerri: a language of the Daly River region, Northern Territory of Australia, Australian National University, PhD.

Reid, Nicholas & Patricia Marrfurra McTaggart. 2008. Ngan'gi dictionary. Armidale: Australian Linguistics Press.

Dictionary: 
Reid, Nick. 1990. Ngan'gityemerri: a language of the Daly River region, Northern Territory of Australia, Australian National University, PhD. Reid, Nicholas & Patricia Marrfurra McTaggart. 2008. Ngan'gi dictionary. Armidale: Australian Linguistics Press.
Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)NangikurrunggurrNangikurrunggurr [dialects: Tyemeri (Moil, Ngankikurrunkurr), Ngenkiwumerri (Nangumiri, Nangiomeri, Angomerry, Marewumiri, Nangimera, Ngangomori), Ngangi-Tjemerri, Ngangi-Wumeri. Lexical similarity 84% with Ngengiwumerri dialect]
Dixon (2002)DALY RIVER AREAL GROUPSouthern Daly groupNgan.gi-tjemerriNgan.gi-tjemerri Reid (1990) dialects: Ngan.gi-kurunggurr, Ngan.gi-wumeri, Ngan.gimerri
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)