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Millennial Aboriginal Australians have developed their own language

Tuesday, October 16, 2018  
Posted by: Dana Walker

MILLENNIALS, IN A WAY, ARE a firmly bilingual group, thanks in no small part to


“textspeak.” With the rise of Web 2.0 at the turn of 21st century, instant messaging slang and the bevy of acronyms that resulted have become a de facto marker of age, if not cool-factor. Down under, in the remote village of Lajamanu located in Australia’s Northern Territory, recent generations of Indigenous Australian Warlpiri people have created a language much less ubiquitous. Light Warlpiri, a mixed language no more than 40 years old, is spoken almost exclusively by people aged 35 and younger.

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