Matngele language

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Matngele
Region Northern Territory, Australia
Native speakers
unknown (15 cited 1983)[1]
Eastern Daly
  • Matngele
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zml
AIATSIS[2] N12
Glottolog madn1237[3]
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Matngele or Madngele is a moribund Australian Aboriginal language of the Northern Territory.

Classification[edit]

Tryon (1974) classified Matngele with Kamu, and this is accepted by Dixon (2002) and Bowern (2011), though denied by Harvey (1990).[2]

Phonology[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e ɵ
Low a

Consonants[edit]

Peripheral Laminal Apical
Bilabial Velar Palatal Alveolar Retroflex
Stop Voiceless p k c t
Voiced b ɡ ɟ d
Nasal m ŋ ɲ n
Lateral ʎ l
Rhotic r ɻ
Semivowel w j

Grammar[edit]

Matngele has only five simple verbs. These must be combined with coverbs in order to form complex verbs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matngele at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b Matngele at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Madngele". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.