Carmel O’Shannessy in Discover Magagzine


Mar 10, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri speakers with Carmel O'Shannessy, Australia

“Studying the Birth of a New Language”  is the latest in a series of accounts of Carmel O’Shannessy’s work documenting and explaining Light Walpiri, a language she is the first to document. Light Walpiri is a language that has emerged out of contact between different varieties of English and Walpiri. You can learn more about it on Carmel’s YouTube channel, which includes several videos of children using the language and some discussion of the interesting structural elements.