W20: Maya

AIATSIS code: 
W20
AIATSIS reference name: 
Maya

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Name
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Maya
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Maia
Tindale (1974)
Miah, Majanna (Inggarda term).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Miah
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Maia, Majanna, Miah, Maja
Comment
Comments: 

Austin (1987 p.c.) says that the only data available suggests Maya was related to Inggarda W19

Dench (1998:6) says that any knowledge of the Maia appears to have been lost by the current residents of the area.

 

References: 
  • Dench, Alan. 1998. Yingkarta: Languages of the world/Materials, LM-137. München: Lincom Europa.
  • Radcliffe-Brown, A.R. 1913. The distribution of native tribes in part of WA. Science of Man, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 34-35. (S 57/63)
  • Thieberger, Nicholas. 1993. Handbook of Western Australian Aboriginal languages south of the Kimberley region. Pacific Linguistics C-124. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. (RS 50/5)
  • 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: 
WA
Location information: 

Cape Cuvier; Salt Lake; Yanrey River; from Minilya River south to Gascoyne River (Thieberger 1993: 70).

Short coastal strip west of Boolathanna; east of coastal salt lakes to Manberry and Hutton Creek; south to Gascoyne River but only above the floodplain, claimed by the Mandi; inland to Mooka, Mardathuna, Binthalya, and the Kennedy Range (Tindale 1974).

The relative locations of Maya and Yinggarda are not consistent across the various sources: Tindale 1974 and Oates 1975 place Maya north of Yinggarda while Walsh 1981 has Maya south of Yinggarda.

 

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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates0
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
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Less than 20 pages 1
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (bates)
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)          
Dixon (2002)   MOORE RIVER TO GASCOYNE RIVER GROUP   Maya Yingkarta Dench (1998) possible further dialect: Maya
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan South-West   Maya  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan South-West Kardu Maya  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Pilbara-Nyungar (Southwest) Kardu Maya  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Southwest (or Nyungic) Kardu Maia  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Southwest Kardu Maia