Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Village Invents a Language All Its Own

Linguist Finds a Language in Its Infancy: Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is a new language spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia's Northern Territory.

There are many dying languages in the world. But at least one has recently been born, created by children living in a remote village in northern Australia.  

Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules. 

For the rest of the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/science/linguist-finds-a-language-in-its-infancy.html?=_r=6&

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