G17: Ngawun

AIATSIS Code: 
G17
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Ngawun

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Ngawun language
ABS Name
-
Horton Name
Ngawun
Ethnologue name
Ngawun
ISO 639-3 code
nxn
Tindale name
Ngaun
Thesaurus heading
Ngawun language (G17) (Qld SE54-15)
Tindale (1974)
Ngaon, Nouun, Naungaun.
O'Grady et al (1966)
-
Glottocode
ngaw1240
Other sources
-
Synonyms
Ngewin
Naungaun
Nga:wun
Ngaon
Ngaun
Nounun
Nouun
Comment
Language comment
According to Breen (1981:2, 15), Mayi is the word for ‘speech’ or ‘language’ in two mutually unintelligible but closely related languages from the Gulf area of Queensland, one being Mayi-Kutuna G24 and the other being a dialect chain comprising Ngawun, Mayi-Thakurti G16, Mayi-Kulan G25, Mayi-Yapi G20 and Wunumara G16.1. Breen also says that Mayi is used by speakers to refer to these two languages as a group.
References

Breen, Gavan. 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland Gulf country. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. (B B832.72/M1)
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
QLD
Location information
At Iffley (in later postcontact times only), at Taldora and Millungera; east to Gregory Range and Saxby Downs; southwest to Julia Creek (Tindale 1974).
Maps
-
Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
7
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word list2?
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarSketch grammar (less than 100 pages)2
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Gavan, Breen 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland gulf country Canberra: AIAS. [mainly on Ngawun]
Dictionary: 
Gavan, Breen 1981. The Mayi languages of the Queensland gulf country Canberra: AIAS.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
-
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicNgawun
Dixon (2002)MAYIC SUBGROUP* Breen (1981b)NgawunNgawun further dialects: Wunumara, Mayi-Thakurti, Mayi-Yapi, Mayi-Kulan
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanNgawun
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanMayabicNgawun
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMayabic PamaNgawun
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)

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