Young people in Aboriginal village develop their own language
Last updated 9/28/2013 at 12:38pm
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Young people in an Aboriginal village in Australia have developed their own language, The New York Times reports.
Warlpiri rampaku includes features of Walpiri, an indigenous language, English and Kriol, a language based on English that’s used by different groups of Aboriginal people. But linguists say the young people in the village of Lajamanu created their own words and grammar that make Warlpiri rampaku an entirely new language.
“These young people have developed something entirely new,” linguist Peter Bakker told the Times.
The language arose in the last 30...