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Matngele is an Eastern Daly language. According to Mark Harvey (ASEDA 802) its traditional association was to the drainage of Doon Creek on high country, and also the Dilke Range. The southern limit of affiliations extended to approximately the eastern edge of the Docherty Hills and Quartz Knob. In the north-east, affiliations extended to Fish Billabong. Today there are only a few elderly speakers of Matngele left, all living in Woolianna, NT.
Ian Green’s corpus of Matngele consists of 17 hours of grammatical, lexical and phonological elicitation.
The recordings were made with the following speakers:
Harvey, Mark. 2003. The evolution of verb systems in the Eastern Daly language family. In Nicholas Evans (ed.), The Non-Pama-Nyungan languages of Northern Australia, 159–184. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Lindsay, Biddy Yingguny. 2001. MalakMalak and Matngala plants and animals: Aboriginal flora and fauna knowledge from the Daly River area, Northern Australia. Darwin: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory