Y53: Wik Me'anh

AIATSIS code: 
Y53
AIATSIS reference name: 
Wik Me'anh

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Wik (Wik-Me'anha/Wikmean)
Ethnologue name
Wik-Me'anha
ISO 639-3 code
wih
Tindale name
Wikmean
Thesaurus heading language
Wik Me'anh language Y53
Thesaurus heading (old)
Wik Me?nh / Wik Muinh / Wik Me-enh language (Y53) (Qld SD54-07)
Tindale (1974)
none
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wik Me?nh
Glottocode
wikm1246
Other sources
Wik-Me'anh, Wikmean [Sutton 1993:37-38]
Synonyms
Wik Menh, Wik Meanha, Wik, Wik Meanha/Wikmean, Wikatinda, Wik Ompom, Wikampama, Wik Kalkan, Wik Ngathara, Wik Epa, Wikepa, Wikmean, Wiknatanja, Mimungkum, Wik Mungkana, Wiknantjara, Meian, Mejan, WikMeana, Wik Muinh, Wik Me enh, WikMeAnh, Wik Mean, Wik Meanh, none
Comment
Comments: 
Wik-Me'anh (Y53) is most similar to Wik-Epa Y52; both dialect names Wik-Me'anh and Wik-Epa are used by one clan to refer to their language (Sutton, 1978:37-38). 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-Ngatharr Y51; Wik-Ep Y52; Wik-Keyangan Y173; Mungkanho; Kugu-Uwanh Y176; Kugu Muminh Y43; Kugu-Ugbanh Y175 and Kugu-Mu'inh Y53 (Sutton, 1993:32). Wik Me'anh (Y53) is not to be confused with Kugu Mu'inh Y224.
References: 
  • Sutton, Peter. 1978. Wik : Aboriginal society, territory and language at Cape Keerweer, Cape York Peninsula, Australia. PhD thesis University of Queensland. MS 1274.
  • 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. Records of the South Australian Museum; v. 27 no. 1, p. 31-52.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
It [Wik Me'anh] was traditionally spoken a little way inland north of Kendall River (Smith and Johnson 2000: 363).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Ken Hale, Peter Sutton
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates12
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 None 0
Text Collection Less than 20 pages 1
Grammar A few articles 1
Audio-visual 1-10 2
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Middle Pama Wik-Me'anha
Dixon (2002) NORTH CAPE YORK SUBGROUP* Wik subgroup* Wik-Me'nh Wik-Me'nh further dialects: Wik-Ep (= Wik-Iit), Wik-Keyenganh
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman Eik-Me'anha
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Middle Pama Wik-Me'anha
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Middle Pama Wik Me?an
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Middle Pama Wik Mean
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Middle Pama Wikmean (Wik Me?nh)