Matngele language

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


Tryon (1974) classified Matngele with Kamu, and this is accepted by Dixon (2002) and Bowern (2011), though denied by Harvey (1990).[1]



Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e ɵ
Low a


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


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


  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, eds. (2017). "Madngele". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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