N43: Mbukarla

AIATSIS Code: 
N43
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Mbukarla

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Mbukarla
Ethnologue name
Umbugarla
ISO 639-3 code
umr
Tindale name
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Thesaurus heading
Umbugarla / Bugula language (N43) (NT SD53-05)
Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
umbu1235
Other sources
Mbukarla, Umbugarla, Numbugala, Ambugala [Top End Handbook] Umbukarla, Mbukarla [Harvey PMS 5822]
Synonyms
Umbugarla
Puneitja
Bugula
Numbugala
Ambugala
Comment
Language comment
Harvey (PMS 5822) uses the term Umbukarla (N43) both as a language name and a dialect name and says the Umbukarla language consists of Ngomburr N40.1 and Umbukarla dialects. However, in Harvey (ASEDA 802) Ngomburr is listed as a separate language. Harvey (1992:12, 2002:14) 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. Harvey tentatively classifies Bugurnidja N42.1 as a variety of Umbugarla proper (Harvey 2002:14).
References

Baker, Brett. New Top End Handbook (FileMaker database). (ASEDA 0626).
Capell, Arthur. 1963. Linguistic survey of Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
Elkin, Berndt & Berndt. 1951. Social organization in Arnhem Land. Oceania 21(4):253–301.
Harvey, Mark. Darwin area languages. (PMS 5822).
Harvey, Mark. n.d. Harvey, Mark. n.d. Darwin area languages manuscript.
Harvey, Mark. 1992. The Gaagudju people and their language. PhD thesis, University of Sydney. (MS 3156)
Harvey, Mark. 2002. A Grammar of Gaagudju. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Oates, William J., and Lynette F. Oates. 1970. A revised linguistic survey of Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies 33, Linguistic Series 12. Canberra: AIAS.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
Location information
Middle reaches of the South Alligator, including lower Jim Jim Creek (Top End Handbook) ... on lower Jim Jim Creek and on the South Alligator south from the junction with Jim Jim Creek (Harvey PMS 5822) The general association was to the South Alligator valley south from the Arnhem Highway crossing to around the area of Long Billabong. Fred Wardiirdi (Berndt & Berndt 1989:324-325) associated the area immediately to the west of the Arnhem Highway crossing with Umbugarla (Harvey ASEDA 802) South-west of Oenpelli near Bamboo Creek were the Ambugula (or Numbugala) while at the top of the Alligator River the Banidja (or Buneidja) language was spoken; between these groups and further south-west were the Wada, Widjilg, Bugoŋidja, ŋumbu, Gundudj, Bugula and south Djauun, who do not come under consideration here (Elkin, Berndt & Berndt 1951:255)
Maps
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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
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Documentation
Document Score: 
5
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listNone0
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarSketch grammar (less than 100 pages)2
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Davies, Jennifer. 1989. Umbugarla: a sketch grammar, University of Melbourne: BA (Hons).
Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Umbugarla-NgumburUmbugarla
Dixon (2002)DARWIN REGION GROUPUmbugarlaUmbugarla further dialects: Bugurndidja, Ngumbur
Wurm (1994)UnclassifiedUmbugarla
Walsh (1981)unclassifiedUmbugarla
Oates (1975)Bugula
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)