G17: Ngawun

AIATSIS code: 
G17
AIATSIS reference name: 
Ngawun

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Name
ABN name
Ngawun language
ABS name
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Horton name
Ngawun
Ethnologue name
Ngawun
ISO 639-3 code
nxn
Tindale name
Ngaun
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
Ngaon, Nouun, Naungaun.
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
ngaw1240
Other sources
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Synonyms
Ngewin, Naungaun, Nga:wun, Ngaon, Ngaun, Nounun, Nouun
Comment
Comments: 

Breen said Mayi is the word for 'speech' or 'language' in two mutually unintelligible but closely related languages from the Gulf area of Queensland, one being Mayi-Kutuna G24 and the other being a dialect chain comprising Ngawun, Mayi-Thakurti G16, Mayi-Kulan G25, Mayi-Yapi G20 and Wunumara G16.1. Breen also says that Mayi is used by speakers to refer to these two languages as a group (1981:2, 15).

References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland Gulf country. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. (B B832.72/M1)
  • Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Berkeley: University of California Press/Canberra: Australian National University Press.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 

At Iffley (in later postcontact times only), at Taldora and Millungera; east to Gregory Range and Saxby Downs; southwest to Julia Creek (Tindale 1974).

Maps: 
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Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates2
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate0
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   2?
Text Collection None 0
Grammar Sketch grammar (less than 100 pages) 2
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Gavan, Breen 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland gulf country Canberra: AIAS. [mainly on Ngawun]

Dictionary: 

Gavan, Breen 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland gulf country Canberra: AIAS.

Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mayabic Ngawun  
Dixon (2002)   MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)   Ngawun Ngawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman   Ngawun  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mayabic Ngawun  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan   Mayabic Pama Ngawun  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)