Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language.

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

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14 Responses to Name the language

  1. Christopher Miller says:

    All I can tell for the moment is that we’re definitely in the Caucasus: some way in I hear “kavkazëm” (ë for schwa), lots of clear ejectives, and .Russian loans pronounced with Russian phonology.

  2. nomad says:

    Sounds North-Caucasian. Adyghe?

  3. prase says:

    A minority language from Russia. To pick a guess, Mari.

  4. pennifer says:

    Yup, there’s all sorts of Russian sounding phrasing, soft vowels, etc., w/out it actually being a Slavic language. I’d guess greater Caucasus area too.

  5. Bob Rosenbaum says:

    Ossetic – n. ossetic???

  6. Jurčík says:

    Sounds from Asia.

  7. joe mock says:

    Caucasian … isn’t that -m(a) an ergative ending in Georgian? Doesn’t sound like Georgian though.

  8. michael farris says:

    Something from the former USSR around the Caucasian area is about as close as I’m gonna get without extensive searching. I’ll guess Avar.

  9. dreaminjosh says:

    Simply because it sounds like one of my old gymnastics coaches, I’m gonna say Georgian.

  10. Simon says:

    Clue: it is a Caucasian language, but not any of the ones already mentioned.

  11. michael farris says:

    Lezgian? (since it’s also spoken in Azerbaijan, a place mentioned toward the end IINM).

  12. I can detect some Russian words, so it the language must belong to slavic group. Is it Belorussian?

  13. Simon says:

    The answer is Kabardian (къэбэрдеибзэ), a.k.a Circassian, which is spoken mainly in the Kabardian-Balkar and Karachay-Circassian Republics of Russia.

    The recording comes from Adygeya TV news via YouTube.

  14. renato says:

    fantastic, great video, Thanks a lot!