N116.Q: Marrangu

AIATSIS code: 
N116.Q
AIATSIS reference name: 
Marrangu

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Name
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
ABN name
Marrangu language
ABS name
Marrangu
Horton name
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Ethnologue name
Dhuwal [Marrangu]
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Duwal (Marangu)
Tindale (1974)
Marrangu, Marrakuli, Merango
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Synonyms
Dhuwal, Marangu, Marra°u, Marrango, Duwal, Marrakuli, Merango
Comment
Comments: 

The different descriptions of Marrangu reflect different perspectives of the sources: The online Yolngu Matha Dictionary describes Marrangu (N116.Q) as a Yolngu clan-nation affiliated with both dhuwal'mirr N198 and djinang N94.1 Schebeck lists Marrangu (N116.Q) under Dhuwal N198, affiliated with the Dhuwa moiety (2001:16). A Marrangu (N116.Q) group are also listed with Burarra N82 (Schebeck, 2001:18). Waters describes Marrangu (N116.Q) as a Djinang N94.1 clan of the Djuwing (Dhuwa) moiety, some of whom describe their language as Wurrki-gandyarr (lit. 'flower-power); some as Munggurrpi and others Bumiri-binngiligining (1989:249). Marangu refers to an aggregation of clans which all have Sugar Bag as their main dreaming and interconnected 'dreaming clusters' (Borsboom 1978:27). It is not unusual for a clan to adopt the dominant language of the region (Waters 1989:249). For Yolngu language groups see Yolngu Matha N230.

References: 
  • Borsboom, Ad. 1978. Dreaming clusters among Marangu clans. In Australian Aboriginal concepts, ed. LR Hiatt, 106 - 120. Canberra: AIAS Press.
  • John, Greatorex. 2014. Yolngu Matha Dictionary http://yolngudictionary.cdu.edu.au/
  • 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.
  • Waters, Bruce E. 1989. Djinang and Djinba - a grammatical and historical perspective: Pacific Linguistics C-114. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 

(Dhuwal)

Maps: 
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Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate30
2006Census11
2011Census14
2016Census7

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 None 0
Text Collection Less than 20 pages 1
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Yuulngu Dhuwal Dhuwal [Marrangu] Dhuwal [dialects: Dhuwaya, Dhuwal, Liyagawumirr, Marrangu, Marrakulu, Djapu, Liyagalawumirr, Datiwuy]
Dixon (2002)   YOLNGU SUBGROUP* Western Yolngu subgroup* Waters (1989) Marrangu Djinang dialects: (a) Wurlaki, Djardiwitjibi, Mildjingi, Balmbi; (b) Marrangu, Murrungun, Manyarring
Wurm (1994)          
Walsh (1981)          
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Murngic Dhuwala Marangu  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)