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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14 Responses to Language quiz

  1. wzhkevin says:

    I don’t recognise it, but if i were to make a wild guess i’d say it was a Tibeto-Burman language.

  2. TJ says:

    hmmm sounds African to me … well, I’m not expert in wide varieties though.

  3. José says:

    No idea… I would say Northeastern Africa.

  4. Chris Miller says:

    Perhaps an American Indian language of central or South America? I think — though of course I could be completely wrong here — I hear [tasko] near the beginning, which sounds like ‘Taxco’ to me, and [kasa] a couple of times near the end, which might possibly be a borrowing of Spanish ‘casa’. I’ll toss out a (not quite) wild guess here, and suggest a Mixtec language.

  5. Simon says:

    Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in East Asia.

  6. Drabkikker says:

    Yeah, I’m with Chris on this. A nice number of q‘s and initial ng‘s, as far as I can make out. I also seem to hear something like “autocar” a few times, but that might be paraudiolia.

  7. Drabkikker says:

    @ Simon: Haha! Okay, forget what I said.

  8. Christopher Miller says:

    Hmm. Based on this new information, I must disbelieve my ears and assume this is not an American Indian language of central or South America… I shall have to ruminate a bit before I come up with another guess.

    Pale Kermit ;-) – I like your “paraudiolia”. I don’t know if it exists as a recognized equivalent of “pareidolia” but the parallel term is a nice one!

  9. Rauli says:

    I have no idea about the language, I just want to comment on the word paraudiolia. Personally, I dislike words that are formed partly from Latin, partly form Greek, but this doesn’t mean Drabkikker shouldn’t use it. It’s a fun word. There exists the (all Greek) word paracusia, which means either a deficiency in hearing, or an auditory hallucination. Pareidolia itself can refer to all senses, not just seeing, even though it consists of the Greek word for ‘image’.

  10. Drabkikker says:

    @ Chris, Rauli,
    Gheh, yeah I know, I just made it up on the spot. I guess I’ll watch some teleblepsis now.

  11. Simon says:

    Another clue: this is a Formosan language.

  12. Chris Miller says:

    Well, the Formosan language I’ve heard about the most is Seediq. Then there’s also Tsou… but I have no way of guessing whether it’s one of these or yet another one.

  13. Simon says:

    The answer is Atayal, a Formosan language spoken in parts of Taiwan by about 84,000 people. It has two main dialects: Squliq and C’uli’/Ts’ole and I’m not sure which of those this is.

    The recording comes from the Global Recordings Network.

  14. jockovic says:

    I have no idea but if I would have to guess, I think it might be from South Africa or maybe East Asia??