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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8 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Zeke says:

    Sounds like something Persian related to me, but what do I know…

  2. Nick says:

    I kept hearing Slavic sounding”tko, bili, ona, etc.” But I also agree with Zeke and it sounds Persian like to me, so I am going to take a guess and go with Azerbaijani.

  3. d.m.falk says:

    I was thinking Georgian….

    d.m.f.

  4. Simon says:

    d.m.falk – right language family, wrong language.

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Compared to other Caucasian languages there seems to be only a narrow consonantal inventory. So, I’m pointing at Laz, related to Georgian and spoken in the US-state of Georgia, hehe.

  6. Vijay John says:

    It’s definitely something heavily influenced by Turkish. That much I am sure of. I hear Turkish words all over the place (“tanışma,” “gibi,” “ama,”…), and I might have even thought it was Turkish if I hadn’t heard those voiced uvular fricatives and [q]‘s.

    So yeah, Daydreamer is right. It’s Laz. See 2:00 of Side A on http://globalrecordings.net/en/program/C17401.

  7. d.m.falk says:

    @Simon – That’s the closest I’ve been in quite a while, it seems….

    d.m.f.

  8. Simon says:

    Daydreamer is indeed right – the answer is Laz (Lazuri nena / ლაზური ნენა), a South Caucasian language spoken in parts of Turkey and Georgia.

    The recording comes from the GRN