NEW LANGUAGE DISCOVERED IN AUSTRALIA

New Language Discovered In Australia
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NEW LANGUAGE DISCOVERED IN AUSTRALIA



Written by Aisha Nozari
15 Monday 15th July 2013

Me and my buddies created a new language once. We added 'ing' to the end of everything we said and totally thought we were mind fucking everyone. It didn't really catch on and eventually fizzled out, but whatevs. That wasn't the case for the people of Lajamanu, a small community of about 700 in Australia's Northen Territory, where a new language has recently been discovered. Only around 350 of that population speak the language, known as Light Walpiri, and all of them are under 35.

The town's residents speak traditional Walpiri and some Kriol (an English based Creole developed in the late 19th century). This pretty huge discovery was made by Carmel O'Shannessy, a professor in the department of linguistics at the University of Michigan, after she began working in a local school where traditional Walpiri was being taught to children. O'Shannessy predicts the whole new language thing came about as kids were frequently switching between English, Kriol and Walpiri.

Pretty. Fucking. Cool.

Check the whole thing out in full here.

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