Language Quiz 13 March 202212 March 2022 By Simon Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess the language?
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Native American, I’d say, probably North American. But I am known for having been wrong in the past, so I will leave this one to David, Daniel, Hank and my other, more learned colleagues!
Definitely North American indigenous language. Tone and timbre of the voice makes me think so. My first thought is Navajo or Hopi but I think that’s too easy. Something akin to it in any case.
I agree with the above and specifically I heard the word “dene” (I think!) so we can guess it’s a Na-Dene language but the rest is beyond my scope.
I think I heard /dƏ ‘ne/, sp I’m leaning toward toe Na-Dene family
Odd that you should say that. I thought I heard that as well.
Might have found it but will wait until later to reveal. Is it ზილკოტინ (helps to have a QWERTY keyboard for another language!)
I think it’s Chilcotin but I’m not sure at all.
I think it is ზილკოტინ i.e.Chilcotin as well.
This morning I saw on the news that alphabet on a banner next to a Georgian flag. I tried to see if it was Georgian, looked it up on the internet and then transliterated it. I got this: Zilkot’in… it seems that we two are right …well done Hank!!
Well, we BOTH guessed it Chilcotin but I am still not sure if that’s the answer! Lol
And I wondered, Hank, why you spelled it with a /z/ in Georgian …
The language is Kaska (Dene Zágéʼ), a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in the Kaska Dena region, which is part of the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.
The recording comes from YouTube
Good question. I have a printed out page on my wall of the Georgia alphabet with the letters and their names under each and I can access a QWERTY keyboard on my lap top.I looked at the letters and names and the name that had a “ch” sound was chini ჩ but now having had a better look, the letter zeni ზ is what I typed as it looks a lot like chini (and I have a cataract coming up in my right eye) so that might explain the error. I am glad you asked. I woneered that myself!
I wasn’t sure about Chilcotin… see 15 March, 17:10 pm.