N40.1: Ngomburr

AIATSIS code: 
N40.1
AIATSIS reference name: 
Ngomburr

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Ngombur
Ethnologue name
Ngurmbur
ISO 639-3 code
nrx
Tindale name
Ngormbur
Thesaurus heading language
Ngombur language N40.1
Thesaurus heading (old)
Ngomburr / Ngorbur language (N40.1) (NT SD53-01)
Tindale (1974)
Ngorm-bur, Ngumbu, Gnornbur, Ngorbur, Oorm-bur, Corm-bur, Koarnbut, Ambuku:la, Ambugula, Numbu-gala, Nambuguja.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
ngur1260
Other sources
Umbugarla includes Umbugarla proper and Ngomburr. It also appears that it may have included Bugurnidja (Evans:p.c.) [Harvey 1992] Ngombur, Ngumbur, Gnornbur [Top End Handbook] Ngurrumbudj [Harvey PMS 5822]
Synonyms
Ngumbur, Ngurmbur, Ngombur, Murumburr, Ambugula, Ambuku:la, Corm bur, Gnormbur, Gnornbur, Gnumbu, Koarnbut, Nambuguja, Ngorbur, Ngorm bur, Ngormbur, Ngumbu, Numbugala, Oorm bur, Oormbur, Umbugarla includes Umbugarla proper, It also appears that it may have included Bugurnidja, Numbu gala
Comment
Comments: 
Harvey (PMS 5822) treats Ngomburr (N40.1) as a dialect of Umbukarla N43, but in Harvey (ASEDA 802) it is listed as a separate language. Harvey (1992:12 and 2002:14) also reports that, according to one informant, Magabalal was the Gundjeihmi N71 name for Umbugarla and Ngombur people and that the Kunwinjku N65 equivalent of Magabalal was Gun-garrigen (N14?), though he cautions that he was unable to confirm this more generally. Tindale (1974) attributed to Ngombur several name variants which, upon closer inspection, look to have been misidentified. Ambugula, Ambuku:la and Numbugala appear to be name variants of Umbugarla N43, and Nambuguja is a variant spelling of Nambuguya N49.
References: 
  • Baker, Brett. New Top End Handbook (FileMaker database). (ASEDA 0626).
  • Breen, Gavan. 1981. Ngumbur transcriptions. Batchelor, N.T.
  • Capell, Arthur. 1963. Linguistic survey of Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
  • Harvey, Mark. Darwin area languages. (PMS 5822).
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
  • Horton, David. 1996. Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: AIATSIS.
  • Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre.
  • Oates, William J., and Lynette F. Oates. 1970. A revised linguistic survey of Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies 33, Linguistic Series 12. Canberra: AIAS.
  • Spencer, Baldwin, Sir, 1914, Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia, London: Macmillan & Co.
  • Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Tribal boundaries in Aboriginal Australia. University of California Press/ANU Press.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 
West of the South Alligator River between the Ga'baarlgu and the South Alligator (Top End Handbook). around Flying Fox Creek and the headwaters of the West Alligator and south towards the South Alligator (Harvey PMS 5822). There was no precise information available on the affiliations of Ngombur in 2007. People in the period 1970 - 1990 associated it with the drainage of the upper Wildman and upper West Alligator. They did not associate any other languages with this area. People also associated Ngombur with areas further to the south on the South Alligator. However, the evidence argues that this area was associated with Umbugarla (Harvey ASEDA 802). Between West and South Alligator Rivers, N.T. (Oates & Oates 1970:29).
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates2
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 listNone0
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarNone0
Audio-visualLess than 11
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Umbugarla-NgumburNgurmbur
Dixon (2002)DARWIN REGION GROUPNgumburUmbugarla further dialects: Bugurndidja, Ngumbur
Wurm (1994)UnclassifiedNgurmbur
Walsh (1981)unclassifiedNgurmbur
Oates (1975)Ngormbur
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)