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New 'Mixed' Language Discovered in Australia

light warlpiri language katherine northern australia

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:40 PM

A new language, one that combines elements of English with traditional indigenous speech, has been discovered in northern Australia, according to a new study.

The language, now known as Light Warlpiri, is spoken by approximately 600 people in a remote desert community about 400 miles (644 kilometers) from Katherine, a town located in Australia's Northern Territory, said Carmel O'Shannessy, a professor in the department of linguistics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. O'Shannessy documented the discovery of Light Warlpiri in a study published online today (June 18) in the journal Language.

http://news.yahoo.co...-114642408.html

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:42 PM

I think UM has it's own distinctive language too ... maybe we should go get a grant and conduct an official study ....

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