new language discovered in remote Australia

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Aug 6 01:27:00 UTC 2013

I wrote the NYT, told them that this is not the first time this has happened and gave them the link to, but they have failed to correct Dr. Bakker's quote. 

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

Learn Ainu!

On Aug 5, 2013, at 5:53 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:

> I think W Brewer is being unfair.  Perhaps it is "merely" a "dialect"
> rather than a "language", but it has a speaking, self-perpetuating,
> youthful population, and certainly is "new" because it did not exist
> 30 or so years ago.  Worth my tax dollars. (And definitely in "remote
> Australia": about midway between Darwin and Alice Springs, with
> nothing I'm aware of to the east or west except a rabbit-proof fence.)
> I found this especially intriguing because the language (vocabulary
> and grammar) is said to have been invented by the children of this
> village.  (As the articles note, it does have borrowed and merged elements.)
> A perhaps more-informative article appeared three weeks ago in the
> NYTimes Science pages (with map), online on July 14 and in print on
> July 16.  It's worth reading just for the history of the formation of
> the village (omitted, expectedly, from the Australian article David
> Daniel pointed to, and also, unexpectedly, from Wikipedia's article
> on Lajamanu) -- forcible removal from their home territory of an
> aboriginal population in 1948.
> Joel
> W Brewer wrote:
>> Depends on what your definition of  <language> is. Call it just another
>> English pidgin and nobody cares.  "But the discovery of a new language in
>> remote Australia is causing a ripple of excitement among linguists around
>> the world."  Congratulations, Ms. O'Shannesssy, from the University of
>> Michigan. Your tax dollars at work.
> At 8/5/2013 03:29 PM, David A. Daniel wrote:
>> Y'all probably know all about this but it was new to me and I thought it was
>> interesting so I figured I'd send it along.
>> DAD
>> New language discovered in remote desert town
>> desert-town/story-fni0xqrb-1226679750797

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