Y94: Kuku Mini

AIATSIS Code: 
Y94
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Kuku Mini

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Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Kokomini
Ethnologue name
Aghu Tharnggalu (Kuku-Mini)
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Kokomini
Thesaurus heading
Gugu Mini / Kokomini language (Y94) (Qld SE54-04)
Tindale (1974)
Koko-minni, Koogominny, Kookaminnie, Kooga-minny, Koogobatha, Koogobathy, Mirkin, Akunkun (valid alternative), Akoon-koon, Akoonkool, Kookawarra (name given by Wakara tribe means 'poor speakers').
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Aghu Tharnggalu
Kokomini
Akoon koon
Akoonkool
Akunkun
Koko Mini
Koko minni
Koogaminny
Koogobatha
Koogobathy
Koogominny
Kookaminnie
Kookawarra
Mini
Mirkin
Gogo Mini
Gugu Mini
Kooga minny
Comment
Language comment
Rigsby says that Kuku Mini is a language name whose reference is shifting, variable and wide-ranging and that it signifies languages situated on the mainland south of Flinders Island all the way south to Normanton. While its literal meaning is 'good language', in some contexts the inference is closer to 'intelligible, spoken by friends' (2005:138, 142). Kuku Mini is also associated with the names Akoonkoon and Koogo batha (Rigsby, p.c. 2007). Kuku Mini (Y94) is classified as belonging to the Alaya—Athima language group, a set of initial-dropping languages not closely related to others of this type in the area. Alpher describes them in regional blocks, with Koko Mini located in the centre of the group, in the area between the Mitchell and Palmer Rivers. He indicates that Kookobatha may be linguistically distinct. Other members of this group include Awu Alaya (Kuku Thaypan) Y84 ; Aghu Tharrnggala Y65; Awu Arungu / Awu Alwang / Agu Aloja Y219; Ogh Alungul Y199; Ogh Angkula 197; Ikarranggal Y198; Takalak Y125; Ogh Awarrangg Y201; Ongunyjan Y206; Kokiny Y188; Athima Y237 (Alpher, 2016:41-42).
References

Alpher, Barry. 2016. Connecting Thaypanic. In Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, (eds) Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Rigsby, Bruce. 2005. The languages of eastern Cape York Peninsula and linguistic anthropology. In Donald Thomson : the man and scholar, Bruce Rigsby and Nicolas Peterson (eds). Canberra : Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia with support from Museum Victoria.

Status
Potential Data
Location
State
QLD
Location information
On the middle Palmer and Mitchell rivers west to about their junction; east to Mount Mulgrave and Palmerville (Tindale 1974).
Maps
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Catalogue
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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: 
1
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarNone0
Audio-visualNone0
Manuscript Note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanRarmul PamaAghu Tharnggalu (Kuku-Mini)
Dixon (2002)SOUTH-EAST CAPE YORK PENINSULA GROUPThaypan/Mini subgroupKuku-MiniKuku-Mini* Jolly (1989) further dialects include (or some may be separate languages): Koko-Possum/Alngula, Ikarranggal, Aghu Tharrnggala
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanGogo Mini
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanCentral PamaGogo Mini
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganCentral PamaGugu Mini
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricCentral PamaKoko Mini
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)