8 thoughts on “Language Quiz

  1. “Matua”, several reduplications … I think it’s Austronesian, specifically one of the Formosan languages of Taiwan.

  2. I thought that “Matua” is one form of the word “God” in the Polynesian languages so I think it’s from there.

  3. I agree with Hank, and the language is Nias, Malay-Polynesian, and it’s spoken in Sumatra.

  4. In most Polynesian languages maatua means mother or parent, not god (that would be atua). But matua (with a short /a/) could occur in many other Austronesian languages as well, perhaps with a different meaning. The language in the recording doesn’t feature a typical Polynesian vowel system. Of course it could be Nias – I haven’t checked – which is, however, not Polynesian.

  5. Emanuel is right in the sense that Nias isn’t Polynesian, since this language is Malay in this group Malay – Polynesian.

  6. David is right – the language is Nias (Li Niha), a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken on Nias Island and the Batu Islands off the west coast of Sumartra in Indonesia.

    The recording comes from YouTube

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