Language Quiz 26 April 2020 By Simon 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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My only guess is that it is Bantu from Southern Africa since I think I hear clicks.
A varied set of consonants. Clicks, trilled rhotics, what sounds like [t̠ʃ’], and so forth.
I do not appreciate clicks, but I do think I hear ejective consonants as in the Mayan languages, although they are very present in the Caucasian languages as well, as well as a fricative sound, as in the Welsh ll , also present in several Caucasian languages. Without absolute security, I lean towards a Mayan language. I think I heard the word Kiché twice.
After listening again, I think it’s probably Mayan family as well. What I thought were clicks sound more like glottalized stops.
The answer is Sakapultek(o) (Tujaal tziij), a Mayan language spoken in mainly Sacapulas, in El Quiché department in Guatemala.
The recording comes from YouTube: