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?

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14 Responses to Name the language

  1. lyzazel says:

    Urdu?

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  2. Szabolcs says:

    Sounded North American on first listening, which was quickly confirmed by Googling for one of the more idiosyncratic names mentioned. But I’m not going to give away the exact answer, as this way of finding it out was not entirely fair :)

  3. Trond Engen says:

    Same as Szabolcs. I even found two different names on the same webpage.

  4. fiosachd says:

    Western Runaway (68-FBB-bb).

  5. Nathan Marley says:

    I didn’t google it, but I’m guessing either Cherokee, Creek (Muscogee), or Chickasaw.

    I heard Holdenville a couple of times, which is the name of a town in Oklahoma, where I’m from. And the speaker had a strong southern US accent.

  6. prase says:

    Hausa language it

  7. prase says:

    Sorry for the ill-formatted last comment, but I wanted to find out how many characters are needed for the comment not being a bit too short. Why are a bit too short comments forbidden? I find it a bit too annoying.

    Nevertheless, my guess holds: Hausa language.

  8. Christopher Miller says:

    With the uvulars, the voiceless laterals, and the overall rhythm and intonation, this sounds like a member of the Eskimo-Aleut langugage family to me. I don’t think the speaker’s accent in English is southern US: it’s more like the kind of accent common to many people from the indigenous language groups of North America: something about the phonologies of their languages generally makes their speakers “clip” open syllables when speaking English. As for the place names, I think they just come with the topic they are talking about and don’t necessarily say anything about where the language itself is spoken.

    With the voiced alveopalatal ‘zh’, I’m going to guess Aleut or maybe a western, Inupiaq Eskimoic language. We’ll see if this is a more disastrous gamble than my “anything but Igbo” last week! ;-D

  9. Petréa Mitchell says:

    I think I found the very list of information that was being read out there. Without that, my guess was going to be an aboriginal North American language, based on the US/Canadian English accent I heard on pronouncing the names.

  10. formiko says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve heard Ojibwe, but I think it’s Ojibwe.

  11. Gareth says:

    “I didn’t google it, but I’m guessing either Cherokee, Creek (Muscogee), or Chickasaw.

    I heard Holdenville a couple of times, which is the name of a town in Oklahoma, where I’m from. And the speaker had a strong southern US accent.” Saith Nathen Marley.

    I know it isn’t Cherokee, Creek, or Chickishaw. I did however hear Holdenville so my guess is Seminole or Apache.

  12. Christopher Miller says:

    I followed other people’s lead in Googling around for the English-language references and the YouTube videos these led me to convince me my guess is wrong. I hear certain words recurring in the videos that are exactly what we hear here. That these are the descendants of exiles from Alligatorland, I’m now certain.

  13. Peter J. Franke says:

    When I was in Northern Australia, somewhere deep in the bushland, I heard voices like this coming out of a billabong in the middle of the night…

  14. Simon says:

    The answer is Creek (Mvskoke), which is spoken mainly in Oklahoma and Florida.

    The recording comes from the Seminole Nation Radio Show