N7: Marrithiyel^

AIATSIS code: 
N7
AIATSIS reference name: 
Marrithiyel^

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
Marrithiyel
Horton name
Marrithiyel
Ethnologue name
Marithiel
ISO 639-3 code
mfr
Tindale name
Marithiel
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
Tindale (1974)
Maridhiel
O'Grady et al (1966)
Marithiel, Marathiel, Berringin
Glottocode
mari1424
Other sources
/beringken/, commonly adapted into English as 'Brinkin' or 'Brinken' [Green 1989] Marithiel, Muritijel, Marithiel, Brinkin, Berinken [Top End Handbook] Berringin [Basedow 1907]
Synonyms
Marithiel, Brinken, Marri Ammu, Marridan, Marrisjefin, Matige, Berinken, Berinkin, Berringin, Brinkan, Magatige, Marathiel, Maridhiel, Maridiel, Maridiyal, Maridiyel, Marithid, Maritige, Muringa, Muringata, Muringe, Maridjiel, Maridhiyel, beringken, commonly adapted into English as Brinkin, Daly language.
Comment
Comments: 

Green (1989) uses the name Marrithiyel as both a language name and a dialect name. Marrithiyel dialects are Marridan N9, Marri Ammu N162, Marrisjabin N161, and Marrithiyel N7. Further, according to Black and Walsh (1989) and Ford (2007 p.c.), Marri Yedi N164 is a dialect of Marrithiyel.

Green and Nordlinger classify Menthe as a Western Daly non Pama-Nyungan language along with Marramaninjsji N16, Merranunggu N13, Emmi N15, Menthe N6, Marri Ngarr N102, Makati ke N163, Marri Tjevin N161, Marri Ammu N162, and Marri Dan N9 (viewed November 2020).

 

References: 
  • Tryon, D. T. 1974. Daly Family languages, Australia: Pacific Linguistics C-32. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Green, Ian. 1989. Marrithiyel: a language of the Daly River region of Australia's Northern Territory, Australian National University: PhD.
  • Green, Ian & Nordlinger, Rachel. The Daly Languages (Australia). Web Resource http://dalylanguages.org

  • Black, Paul, and Michael Walsh. 1989. Guide to the languages of the Aboriginal Australians, ms. (earlier version MS 1618 in the AIATSIS library).
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 

... somewhere between Hermit Hill and Port Keats (Capell 1963 as quoted in Tryon). Between Daly and Moyle Rivers, Knuckey's Lagoon, Bulkanj, Wudi Gapil Diyerr (Green 1989).

Marrithiyel traditional country occupies a large central part of the hinterland between the lower Daly & Moyle Rivers. To the west, on the coast, are Marrithiyel’s sister dialects Marri Tjevin and Marri Ammu, with the Marri Dan dialect to the south. Also to the south are Marri Ngarr, Ngan'gikurunggurr N8 and Marramaninjsji, which is closely related to Marrithiyel. Matngele is then to the east, with the Merranj dialects to the north. The Marrithiyel community have a homelands base in their traditional country at ‘Woodykapildiya’ (Wudi Gapil Diyerr), but also live at Nauiyu and across the greater Darwin region. Only a few fully fluent, elderly speakers of Marrithiyel remain. However, Marrithiyel appears to have once been something of a lingua franca in the Daly, perhaps due to its central location, and there are many part speakers of it to be found across the region (Green & Nordlinger, viewed November 2020).

 

Maps: 
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Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Ian Green, William Stanner
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates65
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt50-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census6
2011Census20
2016Census15

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 Less than 20 pages 1
Grammar Large grammar (more than 200 pages) 4
Audio-visual 1-10 2
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Green, Ian. 1989. Marrithiyel: a language of the Daly River region of Australia's Northern Territory, Australian National University, PhD.

Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy Bringen Marithiel Marithiel [dialects: Marithiel, Nganygit, Mare-Ammu (Mari-Ammu)]
Dixon (2002)   DALY RIVER AREAL GROUP Western Daly subgroup* Marrithiyel Marrithiyel I. Green (1989) further dialects: Marri Ammu, Marritjevin, Marridan, Marramanindjdji
Wurm (1994) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy   Maridhiyel  
Walsh (1981) Daly Bringgen-Wagaydy Bringen Maridhiyel  
Oates (1975) Daly Bringen-Wagadj Bringen Maridjiel  
Wurm (1972) Daly Brinken-Wagaty Brinken Marithiel (Brinken)  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Brinken     Brinken