Sourcebook for Central Australian Languages (1981):
Mardo (A100* ) in Sourcebook for Central Australian Languages (1981).
- Names of the language and different spellings that have been used:
- Alawa (AC, Elkin, Berndt, O'G,RLS,SAW,Sharpe,AIAS), Allawa (T), Allwa, Allowa, Alowa, Allowiri, Allaura, Kallana, Leealowa (recorded in RLS), Galawa) names used by speakers, Warliburru )
- Classification of the language:
- Maran Family, Alawic Group
- Identification codes:
- Oates '73: 26
- AIAS: N.092
- Capell: N1
- Present number and distribution of speakers:
- A few dozen; Hodgson Downs, Katherine, Ngukurr (Roper River), Bamyili, Elliott
- Milliken, 1972 -- 192
- Oates, 1973 -- between 30 and 100
- Black, 1979 -- 30 (fully fluent)
- People who have worked intensively on the language:
- Margaret Sharpe, Armidale, NSW.
- Practical orthography:
- Word lists:
- Sharpe (in preparation)
- Grammar or sketch grammar:
- Sharpe, 1972.
- Material available on the language:
- Capell, A. 1942. Languages of Arnhem Land, north Australia. Oceania 12.4:364-392, 13.1:24-50. maps. tbls. (comparative vocabs.)
- Cunningham, M.C. 1967. Alawa word list. 13p. ts. Brisbane. AIAS.
- Sharpe, Margaret C. (nee Cunningham). 1970. Voice quality: a suggested framework for description and some observations, p.115-134 in Pacific Linguistics Studies in honour of A. Capell, ed. by D.C. Laycock and S.A. Wurm. Pacific Linguistics.
- ---------- 1970. Alawa case relationships, p.29-50 in Linguistic Trends in Australia, ed. by D.C. Laycock. Australian Aboriginal Studies No.23. Linguistic series, 9. AIAS.
- ---------- 1972. Alawa Phonology and Grammar. Australian Aboriginal Studies No.37. Linguistic series, 15. xii+189p. AIAS.
- ---------- 1976. Alawa, p.257-262 in Grammatical Categories in Australian Languages, ed. by R.M.W. Dixon. AIAS. (derivational affix 'having')
- ---------- Alawa bird list, 8p. Alawa invertebrates, 4p. Alawa reptiles, 3p. Alawa fish, etc., 4p. tss.
- ---------- (in preparation) Alawa dictionary and stories. ms. Armidale College of Advanced Education. AIAS.
- Tindale, Norman B. 1928. Native of Groote Eylandt and the west coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, part 3. Languages of eastern Arnhem Land. Transactions, Royal Society of South Australia
- 52:5-27. (table of vocabs. of 8 languages, with brief notes)
- West, L. 1964. Sketch dictionary of Dalabon and related languages of central Arnhem Land. 228p. ts. map. tbls. AIAS. (23 languages included)
- Literacy material:
- Sharpe, Margaret C. (comp.) 1976. Ninda Nanggaya Alawirryunu. (Alawa/English/Kriol triglot supplementary reader) 4 booklets. (11p.,11p.,11p.,15p.) SAL.
Kathy Menning (comp.) and David Nash (ed.) 1981. © IAD Press
AIATSIS gratefully acknowledges IAD Press for permission to use this material in AUSTLANG.