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The Kids Who Invented a Language


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So you say you don’t understand your kids? It could be worse. You could be a parent of kids who have their own language.


Young people in a tiny village in Australia made up their own language—Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri. According to linguists, Light Warlpiri has its own syntax and a tense not found in English.


Why did they do this? Was it intended to keep the adults out of the loop as to what was going on? And how did the linguists who came to study the language—who were definitely not kids—get to experience the language if only people under 35 spoke it? Especially since it has no written form?


Check out this article where I first heard about this, on the always-awesome mentalfloss.com.



Australia, where this story takes place

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