Annie Langlois: Wordplay in Teenage Pitjantjatjara

Australian Journal of Linguistics: 26/2.

Here is the abstract of the paper:

‘Secret languages’ of children and teenagers are found in many cultures and societies. In the Pitjantjatjara community of Areyonga in Central Australia, teenage girls have developed a language that allows them secrecy in their private conversation. They called this ‘special’ language the ‘short-way language’. Though the data is limited,11This paper is based on data collected between September 1994 and December 1995. this article provides an initial description of the language. An account of the Areyonga community is also provided to support the description.