Light Warlpiri – New Language Discovered In Australia

A new language called Light Warlpiri has been discovered in Northern Australia. The language combines some elements of the English language as well as indigenous speech and is spoken by around 600 people in a remote desert community. What’s especially interesting about this language is that Light Warlpiri is what is known as a ‘mixed language’ as it contains a mix of several languages such as English, Traditional Warlpiri and Kriol.

Traditional Warlpiri is spoken by around 6000 people in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory whilst Kriol is an English based Creole language spoken all over Australia.

Other examples of ‘mixed languages’ include Gurindji Kriol which is a blend of Kriol and traditional Gurindji, and is spoken by communities in the Northern Territory in Australia. Michif, which is spoken by communities along the US/Canada border, is a combination of Cree, an Algonquin language, and Métis French, which is a type of Canadian French dialect.

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