N116.G: Ding Ding

AIATSIS code: 
N116.G
AIATSIS reference name: 
Ding Ding

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Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Other sources
Di?di? [Schebeck 2001]
Synonyms
Di?di?, Dingding
Comment
Comments: 
Oates and Oates (1970:224) list Ding Ding as a Wulamba (a name given to the cultural area of N.E. Arnhem Land, called Murngin by Warner) dialect only listed by AIAS, but in her later work Oates (1975:388) deletes it saying it is recognised only as a children's play word, while Keen (2007 p.c.) thinks it may mean 'fire'. Note that Warner (1937:15) says that Murngin means 'fire sparks'. Schebeck (2001:90) reports that Di?di? (N116.G) is said to be synonymous with Murr?iny N117.1 as well as being a term to refer to the Yiritja clans (Yiritja and Dua are the two moieties of the Murr?iny people). See Schebeck for further details. Warner (1937) only identifies Ding Ding as the name of a phratry (meaning 'sparks'), in addition to the other two phratries, Garl-ba-nuk and Durili. He states that Ding Ding and Durili are 'too nebulous to give their clan membership'. Based on the information available, Ding Ding is unlikely to be a language name. Accordingly it is not included as a language heading in the Thesaurus.
References: 
  • Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre.
  • Oates, William J., and Lynette F. Oates. 1970. A revised linguistic survey of Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies 33, Linguistic Series 12. Canberra: AIAS.
  • Schebeck, Bernhard. 2001. Dialect and social groupings in northeast Arnheim [i.e. Arnhem] Land vol. 7: LINCOM studies in Australian languages, no. 7. München: Lincom Europa.
  • Warner, W. Lloyd. 1937. A black civilization: a social study of an Australian tribe. New York: Harper.
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Unconfirmed
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
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1984Senate-
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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
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not available
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975) Unclassified Ding-Ding
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)