Here’s a recording in a mystery language.
Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?
Sounds like an Indian language.
Afghan or some dravidian language
Some variant of Persian, perhaps Tadjiki.
I second the Persian similarity.
I heard a lot of Persian elements like the -an suffix, “beraber”, “nish”, “doste”, “dar”.
Romany (I’m not sure I’ve got that right. Rom? Romish?)
I couldn’t make out any Arabic words, so I highly doubt it’s any of the Islamicate languages, hence Tajiki is unlikely. I am not really familiar with the languages of India, but since Hindi is heavily laced with Arabic even though it’s not an Islamicate language, I will assume that all of the language communities that were in close contact with the Mughals would have a decent amount of Perso-Arabic words in them. So if it is an Indo-Aryan language, I would speculate that it must come from some area of the sub-continent that was distant or isolated from the traditional centers of power. Here’s my wild guess: some language from Nepal.
hmmm since there was a talk about Pashto … I’d guess it is Pashto …
Brahui, a Dravidian outpost with heavy Persian lexical content as spoken in Balochistan…??
It’s sounds a lot like a couple of my co workers, is it German by any chance?
It’s not German, Brahui, Pashto, Tajik or Romany. This is an Indo-Aryan language.
A wild guess – Kashmiri
Is it, perhaps, Assamese?
Now I get the impression that Simon does not count Romany as an Indo-Aryan language.
This is jammed-packed with retroflex consonants, so it has to be a language of the Indian sub-continent. The intonation sounds more Indo-Aryan than Dravidian, and the ‘sh’ consonant tends to be quite frequent.
So I’d go for something related to Bengali, and guess that this is Sylheti or Assamese.
Wulfahariaz – I suppose my comment could be interpreted like that – but it’s not what I meant.
jimutavahana’s wild guess is correct – it is Kashmiri (कॉशुर / كٲشُر), an Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly in India and Pakistan.
The recording comes from the Global Recordings Network.
argh…should’ve gone north-west instead of north-east.
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