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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4 Responses to Language quiz

  1. TW says:

    The language is Yupik, spoken in Alaska and Siberia.

  2. Christopher Miller says:

    I can tell it’s not Inuktitut because it allows coda consonants you don’t hear in Inuktitut, so my guess is tha it’s one of the western languages in the family, either Inuvialuktun or Yupik as TW says.

    By the way, the central, advanced quality of the /u/ vowel is the same as in Inuktitut, which is why I’ve tried a couple of times in the Facebook fan club to get people to understand that is simply a phonetically impossible transcription for Omniglot in the various graphics people have been putting together. The only phonetically plausible transcription into syllabics is the equivalent of .

  3. Petréa Mitchell says:

    Not Greenlandic, then?

  4. Simon says:

    No, not Greenlandic – the answer is Yup’ik, an Eskimo language spoken in Alaska and Siberia.

    The recording comes from YouTube.