W69: Marndanjingu

AIATSIS code: 
W69
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Marndanjingu

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Marndanjingu language W69
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According to Oates (1975) and Thieberger (1993), Mandanjingu (W69) is one of three dialects of Yindjibarndi W37, the other two being Burnugundi W68 and Jaurnmalu W70. The original source of information on these names is von Brandenstein (1967), who identifies them as 'subgroups' of Yindjibarndi. Dench (1995) notes the ambiguity of von Brandenstein's use of this term with respect to Jaurnmalu W70. Von Brandenstein appears to use Marndanjingu, Purnukundi W68 and Jaurnmalu W70 either interchangeably as people and language names (pp. 19-20), or as names of peoples whose language is Jindjiparndi W37. (See 'Language - Tribe' maps at the end of the publication.) By contrast, Wordick (1982), who worked intensively on Yindjibarndi, says there is essentially no dialectal variation in Yindjibarndi, nor does he mention any of the names given by von Brandenstein. Tindale lists 'Mandanjongo' and 'Mardanjungu' as alternative names for Indjibandi W37, Mandanjongo being a Njamal A58 name meaning 'top people', referring to plateau dwellers including the Pandjima A53 and Indjibandi W37, and Mardanjungu being a Ngaluma W38 name.
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  • Brandenstein, Carl G. von. 1967. The language situation in the Pilbara - past and present. In Papers in Australian Linguistics 2. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Brandenstein, Carl G. von. 1970. Narratives from the north-west of Western Australia in the Ngarluma and Jindjiparndi languages. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
  • Dench, Alan. 1995. Martuthunira, a language of the Pilbara region of Western Australia: Pacific Linguistics C-125. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre.
  • Thieberger, Nicholas. 1993. Handbook of Western Australian Aboriginal languages south of the Kimberley region: Pacific Linguistics C-124. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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... north of Fortescue (Oates 1975, in Thieberger 1993)
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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).

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