Name the language

Here’s a recording of a mystery language sent in by TJ. Any ideas which language it is?

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22 Responses to Name the language

  1. Halabund says:

    This is just a wild guess: Malay or something related.

  2. Aeetlrcreejl says:

    Another wild guess: Hebrew or Arabic.

  3. Tolkien_Freak says:

    Same guess as Aeetlrcreejl – Hebrew or Arabic.

  4. Podolsky says:

    By no means Hebrew. Literary Arabic.

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Arabic would be too easy, wouldn’t it? And it’s definitely not
    Malay.
    I’d favor one of the Caucasian languages – such as Lesgi or Lak.

  6. Yitzhakofeir says:

    It’s definitely not Hebrew… And it doesn’t sound like any variety of Arabic I know.
    *shrugs*

  7. d.m.falk says:

    Certainly sounds Semitic, but as said, it’s definitely not Hebrew or Arabic…. Somali, then?

    d.m.f.

  8. TJ says:

    it is nice to see a variety of opinions ! :)

  9. Rmss says:

    Can you give us a hint? It is a natlang, right?

  10. iwsfutcmd says:

    I’ll say Classical Arabic just for the -un endings of some of the words. But honestly, I don’t recognize any other aspects.

  11. Simon says:

    TJ – would you like to give a clue or two?

  12. TJ says:

    well let’s see if this hint helps …. although I would say it helps “a lot” :)

    it is a mix of Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic! :)

  13. Daydreamer says:

    Second attempt:
    Is it the (unnamed) language of the population of the village of Ma’lula in Syria?
    If not, what about Aisor?

  14. TJ says:

    Daydreamer: in fact the language of Ma’lula is not unnamed. Their language is Syriac (a branch of Aramaic) which Jesus spoke as well. I think it went under some modifications for living among romans and other civilizations but the essence is still the same I believe! :)

  15. TJ says:

    oh and it is not Aisor as well :)

  16. Daydreamer says:

    If it’s not Tûrôyo, I’m at the end of my wits.

  17. AR says:

    Ayvarith? TJ’s constructed language?

  18. Simon says:

    AR is right – it is Ayvarith, TJ’s constructed language.

    The sentence is an Irish proverb that means “Men are like bagpipes: no sound comes from them till they’re full”

  19. TJ says:

    Voila!

    name your prize! :)

  20. Rmss says:

    Hehe, I was actually thinking the same, even before anyone replied. But as I already know some of the language it wouldn’t be fair to answer.

  21. Do conlangs count for these “Name the Language” puzzles? Only more or less established ones, perhaps? How about those from Ill Bethisad?
    [ Simon, I bet you know what I may be thinkng... ] ;-)

  22. Simon says:

    Ronald – conlangs can be used for language puzzles. Instead of asking people to name the language, I could see if they can work out which language(s) the conlang is based on.