G26: Mingginda

AIATSIS code: 
G26
AIATSIS reference name: 
Mingginda

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Mingin
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Mingin
Thesaurus heading language
Mingginda language G26
Thesaurus heading (old)
Mingin language (G26) (Qld SE54-10)
Tindale (1974)
Minkin, Myngeen, Minikin, Mingir (misprint).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Minkin, Myngeen, Minikin
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Minkin, Mingin, Min Gin, Mingir, Minikin, Myngeen
Comment
Comments: 
Evans noting that the only substantial Minkin (G26) language data comes from 18th century records, discusses the accuracy of the various historical sources. He argues that Minkin is a Tangkic language, not a family-level isolate as presented in other classifications (1990:173, 177).
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1981. Margany and Gunya. In Handbook of Australian languages vol. 2, eds R. M. W. Dixon and B. J. Blake, 274-393. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Evans, Nick. 1990. The Minkin language of the Burketown region. In Studies in Comparative Pama-Nyungan, eds O'Grady & Tryon. Pacific Linguistics C-111. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. (RS 40/5)
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
  • 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: 
Barkly (Barclay) River south of Burketown; east to Leichhardt River on grassed plains; south to Augustus Downs and to Gregory Downs; to coast only at mouth of Albert River (Tindale 1974). ... as in Tindale possibly extending further east and/or whole Cloncurry River basin as far north as the Dismal Creek junction (Breen 1981). The general associations were to the lower Leichhardt downstream from Augustus Downs and to the Nicholson, downstream from its junction with the Gregory. Westward limit: Gin Arm Creek (lower Lilly Creek) was associated with Minkin. Associations were with Ganggalida (Yukulta) west of this. There are no specifics on the eastward or southward limits of Minkin affiliations (Harvey ASEDA 802). near present-day Burketown, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in the area containing the headwaters of the Leichhardt and Albert Rivers (Evans 1990:173).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Nick Evans
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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarA few articles1
Audio-visualNone0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (vocabulary)
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)TANGKIC SUBGROUP*MinkinMinkin
Wurm (1994)MinginMingin
Walsh (1981)MinginanMingin
Oates (1975)MinginanMingin
Wurm (1972)MinkinanMinkin
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)MinkinanMingin