8 thoughts on “Language quiz

  1. The text is probably Biblical again, so that may tend to narrow the field. Which languages in that family have Yusuf and Mariam as names?

  2. “Which languages in that family have Yusuf and Mariam as names?”

    Probably almost all of them, since most (if not all) Turkic-speaking populations are of predominantly Islamic persuasion or heritage and would therefore use the Arabic forms of Biblical/Quranic names.

  3. “Which languages in that family have Yusuf and Mariam as names?”

    To me the first of them sounds like Yusup. You can exlude Kyrgyz and some others where it begins with an affricate or a fricative, but it doesn’t help much. I also notice that the name for Jerusalem in the end is distinctly Russian /ijerusal;im/, excluding Turkish and almost all Turkic languages outside of former Russian Empire.

  4. I think it sounds quite different from Turkish and Azeri. Could it be Yakut spoken in Siberian Russia?

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