Y115: Mbabaram

AIATSIS code: 
Y115
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mbabaram

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mbabaram
Ethnologue name
Mbabaram
ISO 639-3 code
vmb
Tindale name
Barbaram
Thesaurus heading language
Mbabaram language Y115
Thesaurus heading (old)
Mbabaram language (Y115) (Qld SE55-05)
Tindale (1974)
Mbabaram (initial glottal stop), (Um)Barbarem, Bar-barum, Mogmbabarum (['mok] = man), Wumbabaram (Tjapukai term), Oombarbarum, Woombarbarram, Boobu-ram, Balbarum, Woombarrmbarra (Wakara term).
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
mbab1239
Other sources
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Synonyms
Barbaram, Balbarum, Bar Barrum, Barbarem, Barbarum, Booburam, Gugu Mbabaram, Illagona, Kwearriburra, Mogmbabarum, Morruburra, Oombarbarum, Queeariburra, Umbarbaram, Warrialgona, Woombarbarram, Woombarrmbarra, Wumbabaram, Wumbarbaram, Koko Beberam this is not equivalent of Mbabaram, Bar barum, Boobu ram, Bar-Barrum
Comment
Comments: 
The data for Mbabaram language are scarce, but enough to glean phonological changes such as: deletion of first syllables and final vowels of words; monosyllabic words which commence with a consonant cluster; two laminal series and labialised versions of apico-alveolars and dorso-velar consosnats; six vowels. Agwamin Y132 spoken to the south-west of Mbabaram has undergone similar phonological changes, and is the language most similar to Mbabaram, it is not known if this similarity is genetically or regionally based. Other neighbouring languages are unrelated to Mbabaram (Dixon, 1991:250-351).
References: 
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 1991. Mbabaram. In Handbook of Australian languages vol. 4, eds R. M. W. Dixon and B. J. Blake, 348-402. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
... around the upper Walsh River, in north-east Queensland, just to the west of the Great Dividing Range. Its territory included the present settlements of Irvinebank, Petford and Lappa (but did not extend as far as Almaden, Mount Garnet or Mareeba) (Dixon 1991:350).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Bob Dixon
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
2016Census-

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).

Documentation
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Less than 20 pages 1
Text Collection None 0
Grammar Sketch grammar (less than 100 pages) 2
Audio-visual 1-10 2
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (vocabulary and elicitation)
Grammar: 

Dixon, R. M. W. 1991 Mbabaram. In The handbook of Australian languages vol 4, eds. Dixon RMW and B Barry, 348-402. Oxford University Press.

Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Southern Pama Mbabaram
Dixon (2002) GREATER MARIC GROUP Mbabaram/Agwamin group Mbabaram Mbabaram Dixon (1991b)
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mbabaram
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Southern Pama Mbabaram
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Southern Pama Mbabaram
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Mbabaramic Mbabaram
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)