Yangman (N68) belongs to the non-Pama Nyungan language family of the Northern Territory.
Yangman (N68) Dagoman N38 and Wardaman N35 are considered to be dialects of a single language (Merlan, 1994:2).
Various linguistic surveys have classified Wardaman, Dagoman and Yangman as members of the Gunwiynguan language family, but Evans reports they have been 'provisionally excised' due to a lack of evidence of close relatedness (2003:13).
Yangman country lies to the east and north (of Wardaman), on the Dry River and running back north along major waterways to present Mataranka (Merlan 1994:7).
South and east of Mataranka (Top End Handbook).
The general associations of Yangman were to the drainage of Dry River, Western Creek, Elsey Creek, and the Roper River from its junction with Salt Creek to approximately its junction with Maranboy Creek. The name of Easter Billabong at the junction of the Roper River and Maranboy Creek is Biruhmi (h = glottal stop). The glottal stop is found only in Jawoyn, and as such this is a Jawoyn name. It appears to be the southern limit of Jawoyn associations, and the northern limit of Yangman associations (Harvey AILEC 0802).
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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).