G24: Mayi-Kutuna

AIATSIS code: 
G24
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mayi-Kutuna

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mayi-Kutuna
Ethnologue name
Mayaguduna
ISO 639-3 code
xmy
Tindale name
Maikudunu
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
Maikudun, Maikudung, Maigudung, Mikoodoono, Maigudina, Mygoodan, Mygoodano, Mayagoondoon, Mika-doon, Mikoolun ([sic] Roth, 1897; probably misprint, but see Maikulan).
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
maya1280
Other sources
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Synonyms
Mayaguduna, Maikudunu, Marago, Mayi Yali, Maigudina, Maigudung, Maikudung, Mayagudunu, Maygudan, Mygoodan, Maikudun, Mikoodoono, Mygoodano, Mayagoondoon, Mika doon, Mikoolun
Comment
Comments: 

Breen says that 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 and the other being a dialect chain comprising Mayi-Thakurti G16, Ngawun G17, 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: 

Middle Leichhardt River; north to Augustus Downs; south to Mount Cuthbert; western boundary on edge of inland plateau (Tindale 1974).

 

Maps: 
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Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen, Peter Sutton
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?
Text Collection None 0
Grammar   2 (on Ngawun)
Audio-visual 1-10 2
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 Mayaguduna  
Dixon (2002)   MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)   Mayi-Kutuna Mayi-Kutuna
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman   Mayaguduna  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mayabic Mayaguduna  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan   Mayabic Pama Mayaguduna  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)