N163: Magati Ke

AIATSIS code: 
N163
AIATSIS reference name: 
Magati Ke

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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
Marrithiyel (Matige)
Ethnologue name
Marti Ke
ISO 639-3 code
zmg
Tindale name
Magatige
Tindale (1974)
Maritige, Muringata, Muringa (a name applied by Murinbata), Muringe, Berinken, Berinkin, Berringin, Brinken, Brinkan
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
mart1254
Other sources
Matige, Magatige, Magadige, Marri-ge (name used by Marrithiyel speakers), Murrinh-ge (name used by Murrinh-patha speakers), Murrinh Ke, Muringair [Top End Handbook] Matige, Marrige, Magatige, Murrinh-ge (Green) [Sutton 1995:112] Marti-Ke [Wadeye community website] Magati Ke [Blythe 2009:30]
Synonyms
Magatige, Marti Ke, Marrithiyel, Matige, Brinken, Marri Ammu, Marridan, Marrisjefin, Magadige, Marri ge, Murrinh ge, Murrinh Ke, Muringair, Maritige, Muringata, Muringa, Muringe, Berinken, Berinkin, Berringin, Brinkan, Daly language.
Comment
Comments: 

Magati Ke is a considered to be a dialect of Marri Ngarr N102 and they are closely related to Marri Amu N162/Marri Tjevin N161. Magati Ke are saltwater people, Marri Ngarr are freshwater people. Many Magati Ke and Marri Ngarr people now speak Murrinhpatha N3 and English (Nambatu et al., 2009:3-8).

Green & Nordlinger classify Menthe as a Western Daly non Pama-Nyungan language along with Marramaninjsji N16, Merranunggu N13, Emmi N15, Menthe N6, Marri Ngarr N102, Marrithiyel N7, Marri Tjevin N161, Marri Ammu N162, and Marri Dan N9 (viewed November 2020).

 

References: 
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.

  • Green, Ian & Nordlinger, Rachel. The Daly Languages (Australia). Web Resource http://dalylanguages.org

  • Nambatu, Ngarul Jimmy, et al. 2009. Marri Ngarr and Magati Ke plants and animals: Aboriginal knowledge of flora and fauna from the Moyle river and Rak Neninh areas, north Australia. Batchelor: Batchelor Press.
  • Street, Chester. 1973. Magatige word list, ms. (PMS 2377).
  • 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.

  • Walsh, Michael. 1972. Field notes: Muringair (Magadige). (MS 402).
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 

A coastal strip on the north side of Port Keats including Tree Point; inland for 20 miles (30 km.) on south side of Moyle River swamplands (Tindale 1974). The general association was to the coast from Tree Point to the mouth of the Moyle and about 10-15kms inland (Harvey AILEC 802).

Magati Ke country lies on the coast, to the south of the mouth of the Moyle River. Its sister dialect, Marri Ngarr, is up river to its immediate east. On the other side of the Moyle, to the north, is the Brinkin dialect Marri Tjevin, and to the south is Murrinhpatha. The Magati Ke community is now based at Wadeye, with an outstation at Kuy, in their traditional country (Green & Nordlinger, viewed November 2020).

 

Maps: 
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Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Wadeye Aboriginal Language Centre
Indigenous organisations: 
Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
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 None 0
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
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Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy Bringen Marti Ke Matige [Dialects: Close to Marringarr, Marrathiel]
Dixon (2002)   DALY RIVER AREAL GROUP Western Daly subgroup* Magatige Marri Ngarr further dialect: Magati-ge
Wurm (1994) Daly Bringen-Wagaydy   Magadige  
Walsh (1981) Daly Bringgen-Wagaydy Bringen Magadige  
Oates (1975) Daly Bringen-Wagadj Bringen Magadige  
Wurm (1972)          
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)