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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6 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Daniel Reitman says:

    Sounds Sinitic, but not Mandarin.

  2. Aner says:

    Reminds me of Thai but without the tones. Khmer?

  3. Sameer says:

    It’s not Khmer or Thai, and I don’t think it’s from either of their families. I agree with Daniel that it sounds Sinitic. The affricates, retroflexes, and “apical vowels” strike me as Mandarin-like, even though this is definitely NOT Mandarin. Is it a Sinitic language at all? Or are we totally off?

  4. Simon says:

    It’s a Loloish language, and part of the Sino-Tibetan language family.

  5. Sameer says:

    That makes sense. Even though they’re more distantly related, I’ve always been struck by how similar Mandarin sounds to the Loloish languages, just on a superficially phonetic level – even more than to its other Sinitic sister languages.

    Too bad I don’t know anything about individual Loloish languages to be able to make an educated guess though.

  6. Simon says:

    The language is Lisu (LI-SU) – a Tibeto-Burman language spoken mainly in southern China and northern Burma (Myanmar), and also in Thailand and India.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

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