Y115: Mbabaram

AIATSIS Code: 
Y115
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Mbabaram

tab group

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
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
Comment
Language comment
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 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
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
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
0011
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
5
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarSketch grammar (less than 100 pages)2
Audio-visual1-102
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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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Bob Dixon
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanSouthern PamaMbabaram
Dixon (2002)GREATER MARIC GROUPMbabaram/Agwamin groupMbabaramMbabaram Dixon (1991b)
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanMbabaram
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanSouthern PamaMbabaram
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganSouthern PamaMbabaram
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganMbabaramicMbabaram
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)