G25: Mayi-Kulan

AIATSIS code: 
G25
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mayi-Kulan

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mayi-kulan
Ethnologue name
Maykulan
ISO 639-3 code
mnt
Tindale name
Maikulan
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
Maikulung, Maikolon, Makulu, Mygoolan, Mykoo-lan, Mycoolon, Micoolan, Miccoolin, Mikkoolan, Mikoolun, Mykulau (typographical error).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Maikulung, Mygoolan, Mykoolan, Micoolan, Mikkoolan, Maikulan
Glottocode
mayk1239
Other sources
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Synonyms
Maykulan, Mayi kulan, Maikulan, Maigudina, Maigudung, Maigulung, Maikolon, Maikudun, Maikudung, Maikudunu, Maikulung, Makulu, Mayagoondoon, Mayagulan, Mayhulan, Miccoolin, Micoolan, Mikadoon, Mikkoolan, Mikoodoono, Mikoolun, Mycoolon, Mygoodan, Mygoodano, Mygoolan, Mykoolan, Mykulau, Mykoo lan
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 G24 and the other being a dialect chain comprising Mayi-Kulan, Mayi-Thakurti G16, Ngawun G17, 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 Norman, Yappar, and Clara rivers; north to Milgarra; east to Gregory Range; west to Iffley and Canobie Stations (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
1975Oates1
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 Less than 20 pages 1
Text Collection    
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: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mayabic Maykulan  
Dixon (2002)   MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)   Mayi-Kulan Ngawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman   Mayagulan  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Mayabic Mayagulan  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan   Mayabic Pama Mayagulan  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Mayapic   Maykulan  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Mayapic (Wanamaric)   Maykulan