Matngele language

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Matngele
Region Northern Territory, Australia
Extinct by 2006 census[1]
perhaps 1 reported 1973; perhaps 10 reported 1990
Eastern Daly
  • Matngele
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zml
Glottolog madn1237[2]
AIATSIS[1] N12
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Matngele or Madngele is an extinct 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).[1]

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. ^ a b c Matngele at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Madngele". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.