Language quiz

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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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Christopher Miller says:

    It’s definitely a Polynesian language (langi = sky; tangata = man; faka- verbal prefix), but which one I wouldn’t know. It’s not Hawaiian (kanaka for tangata) or one of the languages, like Maori, that have /r/ for /l/ (rangi).

    I notice it seems to be undergoing various phonetic processes like stop voicing, palatalisation of /s/, and vowel syncope; whether these are just markers of informal speech or have become part of the community standard I don’t know.

  2. bennie says:

    Yes, this sounds very Polynesian although I can’t really tell which one this is. Samoan or Tongan, maybe?

  3. P. says:

    I hear an oddly Portuguese note to some of the vowels, so I’m going to guess Tetum (though I’m sure I’m completely wrong).

  4. Eee says:

    Based on the /s/ and lack of glottal stop, I’ll say Tuvaluan.

  5. Simon says:

    Eee is right – the answer is Tuvaluan (Te ‘gana Tūvalu), a Polynesian language spoken mainly in Tuvalu, a small group of islands in the south-central Pacific.

    The recording comes from the Global Recordings Network.

  6. Christopher Miller says:

    Ah, Tuvalu, the country that rents out/sells its top level Web domain .tv for a fairly good source of income!

  7. TJ says:

    lol I always thought “TV” stands for …. Television? Or… was that a joke and I didn’t get it? lol

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