Monthly Archives: June 2009

Transcribing conversations

This week I’ve been transcribing the conversations and interviews I recorded while in the Isle of Man. So far I’ve done about an hour’s worth of transcription, which comes out as just over ten thousand words. I have another four hours or so of recordings, and hope to finish transcribing them this week. Then I’ll […]

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Language, Linguistics 13 Comments

Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

Language, Puzzles 20 Comments

Ramblage and recreation

Today while exploring Douglas Head, an rocky headland just south of Douglas, I came across a sign that explained that the area was developed for ramblage and recreation, and other things, in the 1870s. The word ramblage attracted my attention as I hadn’t seen it before. Maybe it’s an old version of rambling. Have you […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 13 Comments

More Manx

I spoke quite a lot of Manx yesterday and heard even more at a regular get-together of Manx speakers which happens on Tuesday afternoons in Douglas. About nine or ten people turned up and we spoke in Manx for an hour or so. I occasionally lapsed into English, Welsh or Irish when I couldn’t think […]

Language, Manx 9 Comments

Mystery writing on rug

Can decipher this piece of writing or identify the language in which it’s written? The person who sent in the image thinks the rug is appears on probably comes from Pakistan, and that the writing might be in Persian, Punjabi, Pashto or Urdu.

Language, Puzzles 24 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken? Hint: listen carefully to the recording. The language might not be the one you initially think it is.

Language, Quiz questions 21 Comments

Duvet day

It rained heavily on and off most of yesterday and I overheard someone on the bus commenting that it was a “duvet day”. I don’t remember hearing this expression before, but from the context I thought she meant that because the weather was so unpleasant, she would prefer to spend the day under her duvet […]

English, Idioms, Language 16 Comments

Manx language

I’m on the Isle of Man at the moment doing some research for my dissertation on the revival of the Manx (Gaelic) language. I’m staying in Douglas (Doolish), the island’s capital, and plan to explore other parts of the island – it’s partly a holiday for me as well as a way to collect data. […]

Identity, Language, Language revival, Linguistics, Manx, Travel 16 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in?

Language, Puzzles 25 Comments

Mysterious inscription

Can any of you decipher this inscription? The image was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who believes it comes from Indonesia and that the painting style is Balinese or Javanese.

Language, Puzzles 7 Comments