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Creating new words in the Dieri language

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Killalpaninna

Robert Waye-Hill, a Dieri man from South Australia, explains how a new word for ‘mobile phone’ was created in the Dieri language, combining the word for ‘ear’, tharlpa, with ‘ringing noise’, daltyi.