N18: Jaminjung

AIATSIS Code: 
N18
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Jaminjung

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Jaminjung language
ABS Name
Jaminjung
Horton Name
Jaminjung
Ethnologue name
Djamindjung
ISO 639-3 code
djd
Tindale name
Djamindjung
Thesaurus heading
Jaminjung / Djaminjung language (N18) (NT SD52-15)
Tindale (1974)
Tjamindjung, Djamunjun, Kaminjung, Jaminjang, Jaminjung, Tjaminjun, Djamundon, Djamadjong, Murinyuwen, Murinyuwan.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Jaminjang, Tjaminjun, Djamundon, Murinyuwen
Glottocode
djam1255
Other sources
Jaminjung, Djamindjung, Djamindjun [Top End Handbook] Murrinh-Nhuwanh, Dhamanhdhung [Mark Crocombe, pers.comm.] Murrinh Nyuwan [Blythe 2009:30]
Synonyms
Djamindjung/Ngaliwuru
Djamindjung
Alura
Jaminjang
Tjaminjun
Djamundon
Murinyuwen
Djamindjun
Tjamindjung
Djamunjun
Kaminjung
Djamadjong
Murinyuwan
Comment
Language comment
Jaminjung (N18) is non-Pama Nyungan language from the Barkly Tableland in the Northern Territory and classified as a member of the Western Mirndi group. The Mirndi languages are spread across two geographically non-contiguous areas: Western Mirndi with 'Jaminjungan' (Jaminjung, Ngaliwurru N19), Nungali N28 and Eastern Mirndi with Jingulu C22, Ngarnka N121 and ‘Wambayan’ (see Binbinka N138, Gudanji C26, Wambaya C19) (Harvey 2008:1-3). Nordlinger describes the first group located in the geographic west: Jaminjung N18, Naliwuru N19 and Nungali (N28), and in the geographic east the 'West Barkly' set consisting of Jingili C22 and the 'Eastern Group' of Ngarnga N121 and the McArthur language (aka 'Wambayan') (1998:4). See also Yilngali N2.
References

Blythe, Joe. 2009. Doing referring in Murriny Patha conversation, University of Sydney: PhD.
Cleverly, John R. 1966. Language elicitation and songs recorded at Timber Creek, Bullo River and Port Keats. (CLEVERLY_J01)
Cleverly, John R. 1968. A preliminary study of the phonology and grammar of Djamindjung, University of New England: MA.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Proto Mirndi: a discontinuous language family in northern Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Nordlinger, Rachel. 1998. A grammar of Wambaya, Northern Territory (Australia): Pacific Linguistics C-140. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics
Sutton, Peter. 1995. Country: Aboriginal boundaries and land ownership in Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal History Inc.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
Location information
... formerly between the Fitzmaurice and Victoria Rivers (Cleverly 1968:1). ... it was said that Djamindjung went to Bradshaws Run and the north side of the Vicotria River to its mouth (Akerman in Sutton 1995:112). There was no precise information on the limits of Jaminjung associations in 2007. The general association was to the plain country between the East Baines and the Fitzmaurice. The most certain general association was to the drainage of the Angalarri. The most reliable information, gathered in 1996, indicated that the upper Fitzmaurice, including Wombungi homestead was associated with Jaminjung. Bradshaw homestead was associated with Jaminjung. There was no clear evidence as to the status of Yabby Creek drainage, to the west of Bradshaw homestead. This area is an ecological zone change, and these are commonly associated with language zone changes. This general consideration suggests that the Yabby Creek drainage was associated with Murriny-Patha rather than Jaminjung. However, a Jaminjung association is possible. The southern bank of the Victoria between Big Horse Creek and the Pinkertons was associated with Jaminjung. There was no precise evidence on how far south Jaminjung associations extended. However, Jaminjung and Ngaliwurru are extremely close dialects linguistically. Every other known case of close dialects in Australia involves a common boundary. The only possible common boundary is if Jaminjung extended south to the Newcastle Ranges. There is no clear evidence as to whether the East Baines, downstream from the Newcastle Ranges was associated with Jaminjung. It could have been associated with Jiyilawoong (Harvey ASEDA 802).
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Speakers
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Speaker NILS table
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NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
10
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionSmall (20-100 pages)2
GrammarLarge grammar (more than 200 pages)4
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Cleverly, John. 1969. A preliminary study of the phonology and grammar of Djamindjung, University of New England: MA. Schultze-Berndt, Eva. 2000, Simple and Complex Verbs in Jaminjung - a study of even categorisation in an Australian language, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen: PhD.
Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Neil Chadwick, John Cleverly, Francesca Merlan, Eva Schultze-Berndt, Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre, Mirima Dawang Woorlabgerring Language Centre
Indigenous organisations: 
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)DjamindjunganDjamindjungDjamindjung [dialects: Ngaliwuru (Ngaliwerra). Reports indicate that Djamindjung and Ngaliwuru are so close as to be one language; only some older adults can distinguish the difference.]
Dixon (2002)MINDI SUBGROUPWest Mindi subgroup*Djamindjung/NgaliwuruDjamindjung/Ngaliwuru Cleverly (1968), Bolt, Hoddinott and Kofod (1971a), Schultze-Berndt (2000).
Wurm (1994)DjamindjunganDjamindjung
Walsh (1981)DjamindjunganDjamindjung
Oates (1975)DjamindjunganDjamindjung
Wurm (1972)DjamindjunganDjamindjung
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)DjamindjunganDjamindjung