N50: Gaagudju

AIATSIS Code: 
N50
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Gaagudju

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
-
Horton Name
Gagudju
Ethnologue name
Gagadu
ISO 639-3 code
gbu
Tindale name
Kakadu
Thesaurus heading
Gaagudju / Gagadju / Gagadyu language (N50) (NT SD53-01)
Tindale (1974)
Kakadju, Kakatu, Ka:ka:dju, Kakata, Karkadoo, Gagadu, Gagadju, Awur (language term), Auwur, Arwur, A:rwu:r, ? Abedal.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Katata, Karkadoo, Gagadu, Abedal
Glottocode
gaga1251
Other sources
Gaagudju, Gagudju, Gaguju, Gagadju, Kakadu, Kakaju, Kakudju, Awoy (this is the word for “yes” in Gaagudju), Awur [Top End Handbook]
Synonyms
Gagadu
Gagudju
Kakadu
Kakudju
Ngardok
A:rwu:r
Abedal
Abiddul
Arwur
Auwur
Awur
Gagadju
Gagadyu
Ka:ka:dju
Kadadju
Kakakta
Kakata
Kakatu
Karkadoo
Karkardoo
Kukata
Katata
Abedal
Gaguju
Kakaju
Awoy
Kakadju
Comment
Language comment
Gaagudju is a non-Pama Nyungan language of the Northern Territory. The Top End Handbook lists this as an isolate language. Harvey names four clans who own this language and hold primary affiliation: Bunidj, Djindibi N51 and Mirarr (with two clans); and four language groups with secondary affiliation to Gaagudju language (through marriage and other social networks): Amurdak N47, Giimbiyu N220, Gundjeihmi N71 and Umbugarla N43 (2002:1, 5). The evidence for dialectal difference in Gaagudju is restricted to Berndt and Berndt as well as Spencer (in Harvey, 2002:12) who refer to a variety called Wada N51 (Watta ~ Wetta), which was 'close to Gagadju' (Berndt & Berndt in Harvey, 2002:12). The evidence from place names provided by the Berndts' consultant leads Harvey to hypothesise that Wada N51 is a western dialect of Gaagudju associated with the Djindibi clan (2002:12).
References

Baker, Brett. New Top End Handbook (FileMaker database). (ASEDA 0626).
Harvey, Mark. 2002. A grammar of Gaagudju. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
Location information
Floodplains north of Cannon Hill and the Arnhem Highway (Top End Handbook). The general association was to the plain country between the South and East Alligator Rivers. Eastward limit: Jabiru and Mudginberri were associated with Bininj Gunwok. Ja-Ja and Jabiluka were associated with Gaagudju. Cannon Hill was associated with Giimbiyu. North-eastern limit: The East Alligator. Northern limit: To within about 10-15km of the coast. Western limit: The South Alligator. Southern limit: The Arnhem Highway is a reasonable approximation to the southern limit (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
-
Documentation
Document Score: 
10
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listSmall (20-100 pages)2
Text CollectionLess than 20 pages1
GrammarLarge grammar (more than 200 pages)4
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Harvey, Mark. 1992. The Gaagudju people and their language. University of Sydney: PhD. Harvey, Mark. 2002. A Grammar of Gaagudju. Berlin,New York:Mouton de Gruyter.
Dictionary: 
Harvey, Mark. 1992. The Gaagudju people and their language. University of Sydney: PhD.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Arthur Capell, Mark Harvey
Indigenous organisations: 
-
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)GunwingguanGagudjuanGagadu
Dixon (2002)ARNHEM LAND GROUPGaagudjuGaagudju Harvey (1992)
Wurm (1994)GagudjuGagudju
Walsh (1981)GagudjuanGagudju (Kakadu)
Oates (1975)KakadjuanGagadju
Wurm (1972)KakdjuanKakadju
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)KakaduanKakadu