A118: Ngarrka

AIATSIS code: 
A118
AIATSIS reference name: 
Ngarrka

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Ngarrka language A118
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Comments: 
According to von Brandenstein (1969, in Thieberger 1993), Pidungu A40 has at least three dialects. Seen from Peak Hill, they are Ngarrka (east), Kurdun A119 (west) and Yirrakalan A120 (south but north of Meekatharra). There appears to be no language data supplied for these dialects. However, Oates and Oates (1970) also make reference to Ngarrga(warngga) (A118) as a dialect of Bedengo A40 (though the other two names are not mentioned) and say that von Brandenstein collected vocabulary. Documentation for Birdungu A40 may be relevant.
References: 
  • Brandenstein, Carl G. von. 1969. Diary XVIII. Diaries, 1964-1969. MS 1746.
  • Thieberger, Nicholas. 1993. Handbook of Western Australian Aboriginal languages south of the Kimberley region: Pacific Linguistics C-124. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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WA
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... east of Peak Hill (von Brandenstein, in Thieberger 1993).
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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).

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