Language quiz

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Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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8 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Daydreamer says:

    To start the ball rolling I guess it’s a Bantu language spoken in East Africa.

  2. Simon says:

    It is a Bantu language, but isn’t Swahili.

  3. Sameer says:

    Hmmm, retroflexion in a Bantu language. Could be just allophonic… or… is it Mushungulu (Somali Bantu Kizigua)?

  4. Simon says:

    It isn’t Mushungulu.

  5. Simon says:

    The language is Makonde (Chinimakonde), a Bantu language spoken mainly in southeast Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  6. Timothy says:

    Interesting! Do you know if the words that are identical to Swahili words are cognates or if the language borrows significantly from Swahili?

  7. Simon says:

    I don’t know.

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