Maung-English Interactive Dictionary

 

Compilers:    Heather Hewett; Anne Dineen; David Stainsby and Robin Field

Copyright:    © 2013 Australian Society for Indigenous Languages

Publication:   AuSIL Interactive Dictionary Series A-8

Series Editor:Charles E. Grimes

Editor:         Maarten Lecompte (for interactive version)

Contact:       ausil@sil.org

 

Introduction

 

Maung, a non-Pama Nyungan language of the Iwaidjan language family, is spoken by around 300 people living on Warruwi (Goulburn island) and on the north-west coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia (Evans 2000a)

 

This Maung Interactive Dictionary consists of approximately 2500 headwords and is the electronic version of Hewett’s dictionary (1990) deposited with ASEDA. In this interactive version, semantic categories have also been added.

 

Consonant phonemes* of Maung

 

 

Bilabial

Alveolar

Retroflex

Palatal

Velar

Nasals

m

n

rn

ny

ng

Stops

p

t

rt

j

k

Approximants

w

 

r

y

 

Laterals

 

l

rl

 

 

Tap

 

rr

 

 

 

Fricative

 

 

 

 

g

(*This chart is taken from Ruth Singer’s Phd-thesis.)

 

Maung has a basic three vowel system a, i, u with the additional vowels e and o being much less common and mainly found in loans. (Singer 2006).

The interactive version of this dictionary was prepared by Maarten Lecompte using Lexique Pro.

 

Bibliography

 

Hewett, Heather E., Anne Dineen, David Stainsby and Robyn Field. 1990. Maung dictionary

project, Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive (ASEDA) at AIATSIS.

http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASEDA/ASEDA.html.

 

Evans, N. 2000a. Kinship verbs. Approaches to the Typology of Word Classes, ed. by P.

M. Vogel and B.Comrie.Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 103-72.

 

Singer, R. (2006). Agreement in Mawng: productive and lexicalised uses of agreement in an

Australian language. PhD thesis, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of

Melbourne.