Y132: Agwamin

AIATSIS code: 
Y132
AIATSIS reference name: 
Agwamin

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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
Agwamin
Ethnologue name
Wamin
ISO 639-3 code
wmi
Tindale name
Ewamin
Tindale (1974)
Wimanja (valid alternative), Agwamin, Egwamin, Gwamin, Ak Waumin, Wamin, Wommin, Waumin, Wawmin, Walamin, Wommin, Walming, Wailoolo.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Ak-Waumin, Wamin, Wommin, Waumin, Wawmin, Walamin
Glottocode
wami1239
Other sources
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Synonyms
Wamin, Ewamin, Wakamon, Wakara, Ak Waumin, Wommin, Waumin, Wawmin, Walamin, Wimanja, Egwamin, Gwamin, Walming, Wailoolo
Comment
Comments: 

According to Sutton's informant (Sutton 1976:116-117), Agwamin and Wamin Y132.1 were mutually intelligible dialects, the former being 'heavy' and the latter 'light'. The same informant also stated that Agwamin was the name of the people, while Wamin is the name of the language, and Wagaman Y108 was an alternative name for both. However, the comparison of two word lists collected by Sutton, one on Agwamin and another on Wamin shows that they are separate dialects (1976:116-117) 

Dixon treats Wamin Y132.1 as an alternative name of Agwamin.

Some of items catalogued as being on Wagaman Y108 in MURA could be on Agwamin.

 

References: 
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 2002. Australian languages: their nature and development: Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Sutton, Peter. 1976. The diversity of initial dropping languages in southern Cape York. In Languages of Cape York, ed. Peter Sutton, 102-123. Canberra: AIAS.
  • 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: 
QLD
Location information: 

Head of Einasleigh and Copperfield rivers; north to Georgetown, Mount Surprise, and Lancewood; east to Dividing Range; west to headwaters of Percy River; at Oak Park and Forsayth, also on the ranges; at Einasleigh (Tindale 1974).

 

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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate0
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 None 0
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (unclear status)
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Southern Pama Wamin  
Dixon (2002)   GREATER MARIC GROUP Mbabaram/Agwamin group Agwamin (or Wamin) Agwamin (or Wamin)
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman   Agwamin  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman Southern Pama Agwamin, Wamin  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan   Southern Pama Agwamin  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Mari Agwamin