Spoken L1 Language: Aghu Tharnggalu

Comments on subclassification

Barry Alpher 2016

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2022
Aghu-Tharnggala (6661-gtu) = Dormant

Retired in ISO 639-3: Split into Aghu-Tharnggala [gtu], Gugu-Mini [ggm], and Ikarranggal [ikr]

  • Change request: 2012-138
  • ISO 639-3: ggr
  • Name: Aghu Tharnggalu
  • Reason: split
  • Effective: 2013-01-23

Excerpt from change request document:

Ethnologue currently lists "Ikarranggali" and "Kuku-Mini" as alternate names of Aghu Tharnggalu [ISO 639-3: ggr]. Australian language scholarship, however, points to the need to identify these as distinct languages.

AUSTLANG classifies Aghu-Tharnggala and Ikarranggal as distinct languages in the Rarmul Pama subgroup. Oates also recognizes these as two separate languages (1975: 287, 292).

AUSTLANG tentatively lists Gugu Mini, noting it is unclear if Gugu Mini refers to a specific language or is used as a broader cover term. Sommer says that Kuku Mini [AIATSIS Code Y94] literally means ‘speech good’ and is generally applied to languages and dialects of the Central Paman type (2008 p.c.). Gugu Mini and Aghu-Tharnggala are considered separate entities in Wurm (1972, 1994), Oates (1975), and Walsh (1981).

Dr. Claire Bowern identifies distinct locations for Aghu-Tharnggala and Gugu Mini in her map "Centroid Coordinates for Australian languages" (2011).

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