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New mixed language discovered in northern Australia

A linguist from the University of Michigan has discovered a new language in a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia.

The language, Light Walpiri, is a combination of a traditional dialect Walpiri, English and Kriol (an English-based Creole).

With 4000 speakers, it is classified as highly endangered.

The language shares grammar and vocabulary with all three primary languages which establishes it as one of the small number of “mixed languages”.

Read more at University of Michigan

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