Language Quiz 31 July 202231 July 2022 By Simon Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess the language?
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There is certainly something that sounds very Slavic in what’s being said but I also keep thinking I hear vowel harmony so I am wondering if it isn’t Turkic language somewhat influenced by Russian. Also wonder if it isn’t a language from the Caucasus.
It is The Prodigal Son in צ’ובאשית.
Or צ’ובשית rather.
I think you are right in that it’s צ׳ובש׳ת but I can’t find it here or on Youtube.
It’s on YouTube under “The Sound of the Chuvash Language,” although not with Hebrew characters, the use of which I’m curious about. I couldn’t find any reference to Jewish Chuvash, which would be odd to illustrate with a recording of The Prodigal Son.
I can’t speak for Emanuel but I once figured out the answer to a language quiz almost immediately after its having been posted. So as to keep everything a secret I wrote out the name using the Georgian alphabet so as not to spoil things too soon. I wonder if perhaps Emanuel didn’t do the same using the Hebrew alphabet.
Mitchell, I used Hebrew in order not to spoil the quiz on a Monday. For Turkic languages indeed written in Hebrew see Olach, Zsuzsanna: “Emergence of a new written culture: the use of Hebrew script among the Krimchaks and the Karaim”.
Yes, Hank, that was my intention.
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I’m sorry to have ruined the game. I won’t do it again, now that I know the rule.
The language is Chuvash (Чӑваш чӗлхи), a Bolgar Turkic language spoken in the Chuvash Republic in the west of the Russian Federation.
The recording comes from YouTube
It’s not a rule, Mitchell. Someone came up with the suggestion a few months ago, if I remember correctly, but it is of course really tough to resist the temptation to post the answer, once you know it!