Here’s a recording in a mystery language.
Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?
An African language I think from the South maybe Zulu or Shona, thats my uneducated guess.
That’s not a song, it’s a recital.
And nah, it can’t be Zulu or Shona because I’d expect clicks.
No specific ideas at the moment, but I’m hesitating between a southeast Asian or Amerindian language at the moment. I’ll have to listen again more closely to get a better idea.
Those ‘tz’s make me think it’s an Amerindian language too, from the Southwest of the U.S. (or northern Mexico).
Amerindian is what comes to mind – not Navajo but something related to it?
Hm. The [aːˈðãŋ] at the beginning is the only place I hear [ð], which is a clue that this is probably Spanish Adán ‘Adam’. For the rest, I hear stretches of nasal harmony over two syllables or more in the environment of nasal consonants, but blocked by non-nasals. This kind of harmony in Guaraní is one of the first things I learned about in phonology class in the 1980s.
I’m guessing that this is Guaraní.
There are also glottal stops, too… I’ll go with something from the Americas, but I can’t say anything more specific- Perhaps an Athabaskan language, like Hupa, which is local to me– I really can’t say, otherwise.
It sort of sounds Amazonian Amerindian to me.
I don’t think anyone will get this one – the answer is Cofán (A’ingae), a language isolate spoken in northeast Ecuador and southern Colombia.
The recording comes from the the GRN
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