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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10 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Roger Bowden says:

    An African language I think from the South maybe Zulu or Shona, thats my uneducated guess.

  2. cl says:

    That’s not a song, it’s a recital.

    And nah, it can’t be Zulu or Shona because I’d expect clicks.

  3. Christopher Miller says:

    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.

  4. jonathan says:

    Those ‘tz’s make me think it’s an Amerindian language too, from the Southwest of the U.S. (or northern Mexico).

  5. Joe Mock says:

    Amerindian is what comes to mind – not Navajo but something related to it?

  6. Chris Miller says:

    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.

  7. d.m.falk says:

    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.

    d.m.f.

  8. Elendil says:

    It sort of sounds Amazonian Amerindian to me.

  9. Simon says:

    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

  10. Tigerfire says:

    Mapuche perhaps?