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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7 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Christopher Miller says:

    Interesting how this sounds vaguely Japonic or Dravidian, but since I hear “Isa” twice (i.e. Jesus, borrowed from the Islamic version of the name), Inimagine this is possibly a language of the Sahel. The rhythm and phonology are vaguely reminiscent of Hausa and Fulani, but since I don’t recognise anything specific to either, I’m going to make a leap in the dark at another language in the Nigerian north and guess it might be a Nilo-Saharan language, perhaps Kanuri or Kanembu.

  2. TJ says:

    Yes the text seems of Islamic nature. The speaker said “nabi Isa” (prophet Jesus) twice I think.
    Not an expert in much languages out of my interest, but the sound of the language seems to be Dravidian as Christopher said, but there are some vowels that I rarely hear among Asians (at least here); something close to the German “Ü”. Anyway, I’d say it is one of the languages out of India.

  3. Calido Pertin says:

    If you listen carefully till the last word you will get to know that it sounds similar to a Dravidian language. So I would say it belong to the southern states of India.

  4. Lynnie says:

    At first it did sound vaguely Dravidian but the intonation and vowel inventory make it sound quite unlike any of the Dravidian languages I’ve heard spoken such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Tulu etc. Plus, I can’t seem to detect any retroflex consonants. So I’d rule out anything from south India.

    The vowels sound more like those from Turkic, Uralic and Altaic families.

    Maybe Burushaski, a language isolate spoken northern Pakistan.

  5. Roger Bowden says:

    not my comfort zone but maybe Coptic.

  6. Simon says:

    The answer is Daza (Dazaga), a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in Chad and Niger by about 380,000 people.

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  7. TJ says:

    African? wow… that is a surprise indeed!

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