N73: Rembarrnga

AIATSIS Code: 
N73
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Rembarrnga

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Name
ABN Name
Rembarrnga language
ABS Name
Rembarrnga
Horton Name
Rembarnga
Ethnologue name
Rembarunga
ISO 639-3 code
rmb
Tindale name
Rembarunga
Thesaurus heading
Rembarrnga language (N73) (NT SD53-06)
Tindale (1974)
Rembarrnga, Rembaranga, Rembarnga, Rem-branga, 'Ranjbarngo, Rainbarngo, Reinbaranga, Rem-barrna, Maia:li (alternative name), Maieli, Majali, Maiali (collective name in Rembarunga area), Maielli.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Rainbarngo
Glottocode
remb1249
Other sources
Rembarrnga, Rembarnga, Rainbarno, Ranjbarngu, Remberanga, Rambarrna, Rembarunga, Rembranga [Top End Handbook]
Synonyms
Rembarunga
Rembarnga
Rainbarngo
Rambarrnga
Ranjbarngo
Ranjbarngu
Reinbaranga
Rembaranga
Rembarn nga
Rembarrna
Rembarrngu
Rembranga
Rainbarno
Remberanga
Rambarrna
Rem branga
Rem barrna
Maia:li
Maieli
Majali
Maiali
Maielli
Comment
Language comment
According to McKay (1975:9), there are two dialects of Rembarnga: the south-western dialect, Galduyh N175, and the north-eastern dialect, which has no specific name. According to Baker (2008:3) Rembarrnga is most closely related to Ngalakgan N77 within the Gunwinyguan family, and both languages are quite closely related to Bininj Gun-wok N186.
References

McKay, Graham R. 1975. Rembarnga: a language of central Arnhem Land, Australian National University: PhD. (MS 958).
Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Berkeley: University of California Press/Canberra: Australian National University Press.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Baker, Brett. 2008. Word structure in Ngalakgan. Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
Location information
The traditional territory of the Rembarnga people is located in an area between the Cadell River and the edge of the escarpment country beginning just east of Guyuyu Creek and the Blyth River. This territory reached northwards down the Blyth River to the extreme upper limits of tidal influence, and reached southwards as far as the source of Guyuyu Creek, which the Rembarnga people call in English 'Blyth River' (McKay 1975:1). Headwaters of Mann, Cadell, Wilton, and Blyth rivers, extending south to an inhospitable and arid plateau seasonally very short of water (Tindale 1974). There was no precise information on the limits of Rembarrnga associations in 2007. The general associations were to the middle and upper Blyth River drainage, but not including any of the headwaters in the plateau country, and to the upper Goyder, most probably including and above the junction of Annie Creek and the Goyder (Harvey ASEDA 802).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
011-
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
15
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLarge (more than 200 pages)4
Text CollectionLarge (more than 200 pages)4
GrammarLarge grammar (more than 200 pages)4
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
McKay, Graham. 1975 Rembarnga: a language of central Arnhem Land, Australian National University: PhD. Saulwick, Adam. 2003. Aspects of the verb in Rembarrnga: a polysynthetic language of northern Australia: grammatical description, texts and dictionary. University of Melbourne: PhD.
Dictionary: 
Saulwick, Adam et al. 2003. A first dictionary of Rembarrnga. Maningrida, NT: Maningrida Arts & Culture. McKay, Graham. Rembarrnga Dictionary and Grammar, ASEDA 0607.
Programs
Activities: 
Diwurrwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation produced a teacher's guide in 1998 as well as several materials (including video materials) early 2000's. Ngukurr Community Education Centre is running a language program (2006).
People: 
Carolyn Coleman, Sarah Cutfield, Graham McKay, Adam Saulwick, Lamont West, Ngkurr Language Centre, Maningrida Literature Production Centre
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)GunwingguanRembargicRembarunga
Dixon (2002)ARNHEM LAND GROUPRembarrnga/Ngalakan subgroup*RembarrngaRembarrnga McKay (1975) dialect: Kaltuy'
Wurm (1994)GunwinyguanRembarrngaRembarrnga
Walsh (1981)GunwinyguanRembarrngicRembarrnga
Oates (1975)GunwingguanRembarngicRembarnga
Wurm (1972)GunwingguanRainbarngicRainbarngo
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)GunwingguanRainbarngicRembarunga