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. Daydreamer says:

    Phew…That’s a tough one, isn’t it.
    Just a blindfolded shot over my shoulder: a non-Bantu language spoken in Eastern Africa, ranging from Sudan to Kenya.

  2. d.m.falk says:

    I think this is a language from Micronesia- It sounds familiar as an island language, vut I can’t remember which offhand. Korore or somesuch?


  3. Chris Miller says:

    My first reaction was something in the Australian sphere, because of the “god” and “satan”, as well as the overall phonology, which seems to sound like some New Guinean languages. So d. m. falk and I are in the same general area.

    The initial mwmw- sounds remind me of a Micronesian language I did data sets on way back in BA or MA phonology: Yapese or Chuuk/Trukese? I don’t remember very well any more, but the initial geminate /m/s each with a separately pronounced rounding stick in my mind.

  4. jonathan says:

    Based on very little knowledge, the closest I could think of was Tagalog. So at least I’m withing 1000 miles of the pros.

  5. Chris Miller says:

    Not Tagalog — that I can say for sure!

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Nauruan (Ekaiairũ Naoero), a Micronesian language spoken in Nauru.

    The recording comes from the GRN

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