G20: Mayi-Yapi

AIATSIS code: 
G20
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mayi-Yapi

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mayi-Yapi
Ethnologue name
Maykulan (Mayi-Yapi)
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Maijabi
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
Majabi, Myabi, Miappi, Maippe, Myappe, Miubbi, Miuibi (misprint).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Maiabi, Myabi, Miappe, Myappe, Miubbi
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Maykulan, Maijabi, Maiabi, Maippe, Majabi, Mayapi, Mayappe, Miappe, Miappi, Miubbi, Miulbi, Myabi, Myappa, Myappe, Mayabi, Miuibi
Comment
Comments: 

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 Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Thakurti G16, Ngawun G17, Mayi-Kulan G25 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: 

On Cloncurry River south to Canobie, north to Donor Hills, at Numbera (Cowan Downs); east to Flinders River and the Lower Saxby; west to upper Dismal Creek and Leichhardt-Alexandra Divide (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
1975Oates-
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   2 (unclear status)
Text Collection None 0
Grammar   2 (on Ngawun)
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (content unclear)
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 Maykulan (Mayi-Yapi)  
Dixon (2002)   MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)   Mayi-Yapi Ngawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman   Mayabi, Mayi-Yapi  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mayabic Mayabi, Mayi-Yapi  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan   Mayabic Pama Mayabi  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Mayapic   Mayapi  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Mayapic (Wanamaric)   Mayapi