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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6 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Christopher Miller says:

    It sounds closely related to Malay. My first guess would be a Sumatran language (Acehnese? Lampung?), perhaps even Sundanese in Java, especially given the [ø] vowels (spelled in Indonesian orthography).

  2. Chris Miller says:

    Actually, the vowel I spelled as [ø] is actually not a rounded tense mid-front vowel (as per that phonetic symbol) but the high back tense unrounded vowel [ɯ].

  3. Vijay John says:

    I’d go with your guess. Not sure whether this is from GRN this time, though!

    Sundanese was a possibility that came to me, too. I guess that’s what I’ll go with for now…

  4. Chris Miller says:

    Ha ha! I see I forgot about what happens when you put something between angled brackets: it gets treated as HTML and hidden!

    I had meant (but did not have the small guillemets on my iPad when writing my first post) to write “spelled ‹eu› in Indonesian orthography”.

  5. Vijay John says:

    Ooops! Sorry, Chris. We were so close!

    It’s Madurese.

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Madurese (Madhura / Basa Mathura / بَهاسَ مَدورا), an Malayo-Sumbawan language spoken by about 14 million people mainly in Madura Island and eastern Java in Indonesia,

    The recording comes from YouTube.