Y3: Meriam Mir

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AIATSIS Code: 
Y3
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Meriam Mir

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Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
Meriam Mir
Horton Name
Meriam Mir
Ethnologue name
Meriam
ISO 639-3 code
ulk
Tindale name
-
Thesaurus heading language
Meriam Mir language Y3
Thesaurus heading (old)
Meriam Mir / Miriam Mer language (Y3) (Qld TSI SC55-05)
Tindale (1974)
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O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
meri1244
Other sources
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Synonyms
East Torres
Miriam
Meryam Mir
Meriam
Boigu
Buibatyalli
Errob
Erub
Garamir
Gaurareg
Maer
Maralaig
Mer
Meryam
Morolag
Sabai
Saibai
Tagota
Ugar
Comment
Language comment
References

Passi, Gamalai Ken and Nick Piper. 1994. Meryam Mir. In Nick Thieberger; William McGregor (eds). Macquarie Aboriginal Words. Macquarie Library. pp. 320–351.
Piper, Nick. 2013. A sketch grammar of Meryam Mir. Muenchen : LINCOM Europa.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
QLD
TSI
Location information
Meryam is one of three languages spoken in the Torres Strait ... throughout the eastern islands of Erub ... Darnley Island, Ugar ... Stephen Island and Mer or Murray Island (Passi & Piper 1994:320).
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
- 700? 100+ 324 182 many 160 212
Speaker NILS table
2 5 4 7
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
NILS endangerment grade
1
Documentation
Document Score: 
9
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Small (20-100 pages) 2
Text Collection None 0
Grammar Large grammar (more than 200 pages) 4
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Piper, Nick. 1989. A sketch grammar of Meryam Mir, Australian National University: MA.
Dictionary: 
Ray, Sidney. 2003. Dictionary of Torres Strait languages (2nd ed.). Kuranda, QLD: Rams Skull Press. Passi, Gamalai Ken and Piper, Nick. 1994. Meryam Mir. In Macquarie Aboriginal words, eds. N Thieberger, W McGregor. Macquarie University, NSW:The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Wolfgang Laade, Margaret Elizabeth Lawrie, Nick Piper, Anna Shnukal, Ray Sidney, Lamont West, Magani Malu Kes -
Indigenous organisations: 

Erub Le Traditional Land and Sea Owner (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation
C/- Darnley Island Council
Darnley Island QLD 4875:

Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)       Meriam  
Dixon (2002)   TORRES STRAIT GROUP   East Torres (or Miriam or Meryam Mir) East Torres (or Miriam or Meryam Mir) Piper (1989)
Wurm (1994) Trans-Fly Eastern Trans-Fly   Miriam  
Walsh (1981) Eastern Trans-Fly     Miriam  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Miriamic   Miriam  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)