N73: Rembarrnga

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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 language
Rembarrnga language N73
Thesaurus heading (old)
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
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
Speakers
Speaker table
Oates 1973 Senate 1984 Schmidt 1990 Census 1996 Census 2001 NILS 2004 2005 estimate Census 2006
<200 - 150 75 11 175 10 38
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
0 1 1 -
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
15
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Large (more than 200 pages) 4
Text Collection Large (more than 200 pages) 4
Grammar Large grammar (more than 200 pages) 4
Audio-visual More than 10 3
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
Indigenous organisations: 

Ngukurr Language Centre https://ngukurrlc.org.au/

Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Gunwingguan Rembargic   Rembarunga  
Dixon (2002)   ARNHEM LAND GROUP Rembarrnga/Ngalakan subgroup* Rembarrnga Rembarrnga McKay (1975) dialect: Kaltuy'
Wurm (1994) Gunwinyguan Rembarrnga   Rembarrnga  
Walsh (1981) Gunwinyguan Rembarrngic   Rembarrnga  
Oates (1975) Gunwingguan Rembarngic   Rembarnga  
Wurm (1972) Gunwingguan Rainbarngic   Rainbarngo  
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966) Gunwingguan Rainbarngic   Rembarunga