Y51: Wik Ngatharr

AIATSIS Code: 
Y51
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Wik Ngatharr

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Wik (Wik-Ngathara)
Ethnologue name
Wikalkan (Wik-Ngatharra)
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Wik-kalkan (Wik-ngatara)
Thesaurus heading
Wik Ngatharr language (Y51) (Qld SD54-07)
Tindale (1974)
Wik-ngatara (erroneous term), Wik Alkan, Wik-kalkin, Wik-natara, Algan, Ngadara.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wik Ngathara
Glottocode
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Other sources
Wik Ngatharra, Wik Ngatara, Wik-Alkanha, Wik-Kalkan [Sutton 1978:38, 120] Ngadara [Capell 1963: Y96] Wik-natera (McConnel 1934) [Sutton 1995]
Synonyms
Wik Alken
Wikalkan
Wik Ngatharra
Wik
Wik Ngathara
Wikatinda
Wik Ompom
Wikampama
Wik Kalkan
Wik Epa
Wikepa
Wik Meanha
Wikmean
Wiknatanja
Mimungkum
Wik Mungkana
Wiknantjara
Algan
Alkan
Charra
Galan
Kalkin
Natara
Ngadaara
Ngadara
Wik Älkän
WikNgadara
Wik algan
Wik kalkan
Wik kalkin
Wik nätara
Wik ngatara
Wikkolon
Wikngatara
Wooli
Wik Ngathar
Wik Ngatara
Wik Alkanha
Wik Alkan
Wik natara
Comment
Language comment
Wik-Ngatharr (Y51) is also known as Wik-Elken (Wik-Alkan) Y49 and is the most northern of the Wik languages; affiliated clans have estates intermingled with those of Wik-Ngathan Y54; these two varieties (Wik-Ngatharr and Wik-Ngathan) have a similar grammar but different vocabularies. Technically speaking they are distinct dialects of the same language. Wik-Ngatharr has extensive dropping of initial consonants; different pronunciation and vocabularies, makes Wik-Ngatharr a difficult dialect to ‘hear’ from a Wik-Ngathan perspective (Sutton, 1991:iii-iv). This language belongs to a genetic language family (shared origins) which includes: Wik-Mungkan Y57; Wik-Iiyanh Y177 and Y172; Wik-Ngathan Y54 and Y56; Wik-Ep Y52; Wik-Me’anh Y53; Wik-Keyangan Y173; Mungkanho; Kugu-Uwanh Y176; Kugu Muminh Y43; Kugu-Ugbanh Y175 and Kugu-Mu’inh Y53 (Sutton, 1993:32).
References

Sutton, Peter. 1991. Language in Aboriginal society: social dialects in a geographic idiom. In Language in Australia ed Suzanne Romaine. Cambridge:Melbourne : Cambridge University Press.
Sutton, Peter. 1993. Material culture traditions of the Wik people, Cape York Peninsula. In Records of the South Australian Museum, v. 27 no. 1, pp. 31-52.
Sutton, Peter. 1995. Wik-Ngathan dictionary. Adelaide : Caitlin Press.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
QLD
Location information
From the Knox River to Love River along coast and inland to Kencherang (Sutton 1995:iii).
Maps
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Catalogue
Search MURA the AIATSIS catalogue, for items about this language
Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
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Documentation
Document Score: 
4
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionLess than 20 pages1
GrammarNone0
Audio-visual1-102
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Peter Sutton
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanMiddle PamaWikalkan (Wik-Ngatharra)Wikalkan [dialects: Wik-Ngandjara (Ngandjara), Ngadanja]
Dixon (2002)NORTH CAPE YORK SUBGROUP*Wik subgroup*Wik-Ngatharr (= Wik-Alken)Wik-Ngathan (= Wik-linjtjenj) Sutton (1978) further dialect: Wik-Ngatharr (= Wik-Alken, = Wik-Elken)
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanWik-Ngatharra
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanMiddle PamaWik-Ngatharra
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMiddle PamaWik Ngathar
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricMiddle PamaWik Ngatara (Wik Alkan)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricMiddle PamaWikngatara