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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11 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Roger Bowden says:

    An Iranian related language? but not Farsi perhaps Tajiki.

  2. Drabkikker says:

    The phono- and morphology suggest something in the Turkic sphere, with lexical influences from Semitic. The story appears to be about Adam and Eve.

  3. TJ says:

    Between Turkic and Mongolic sphere. Probably it is the newly added Teleut?

  4. P. says:

    Sounds very Turkic to me too; I think I hear the word “güzel” (beautiful) or something like it. Maybe Western Yugur?

  5. prase says:

    Turkic for sure, could be Kazakh?

  6. Trond Engen says:

    I want it to be a Turkic language, but I can’t tell them apart, so I’ll go with Uzbek for no reason except that when I tried to write “Turkmen” it didn’t sit well with me.

  7. Emily says:

    It’s definitely some variety of Uzbek, though it sounds like it has some Kazakh influence with the “zh” and “k” sounds which would be a “y” and “h” respectively in standard Uzbek. Thus I would guess it’s Uzbek, but perhaps as spoken in Shymkent (Kazakhstan), where there is a significant Uzbek population.

  8. Amanda says:

    It’s like a marriage between Uzbek and Kazakh… Could it be Turkmen?

  9. Simon says:

    The answer is Karakalpak (Қарақалпақ тили / Qaraqalpaq tili / قاراقالپاق تىلى), a Turkic language spoken mainly in the Karakalpakstan Autonomous Republic in Uzbekistan,

    The recording comes from the GRN.

  10. Drabkikker says:

    Simon, that link does not seem to direct to the right language.

  11. Simon says:

    I’ve fixed it now.

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