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Paman languages: Wik Ngathan, Wik Mungkan

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Language Wik Ngathan, Wik Mungkan
Depositor Peter Sutton
Affiliation University of Adelaide
Location Australia
Collection ID 0061
Grant ID MDP0133
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

The aim of this project is to document five highly endangered Paman languages of Cape York Peninsula (Australia): Kugu Muminh, Kuku Thaypan, Umbuygamu, Umpila, and Wik Ngathan. The project is a team effort of five people with prior research experience on these languages, who want to pool knowledge and resources to document them as thoroughly as possible with the last generation of speakers. Our central goal is to produce an extensive representative corpus of texts, which will form a valuable resource for the communities involved, and will serve as the basis for further descriptive and community-oriented work.


Language information

Classification: Australian, Pama-Nyungan, Paman, Middle Pama.


Collection contents

The collection contains a number of high quality video recordings of community elders relating their oral history and talking about contemporary issues, word lists containing botanical information, and documents outlining the contents of legacy audio recordings made in the 1970s, including transcriptions.


Collection history

Contemporary video recordings are complemented by transcriptions and annotations of audio recordings made in the 1970s.


Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Sutton, Peter. 2011. Paman languages: Wik Ngathan, Wik Mungkan. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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