Language Quiz 1 January 20231 January 2023 By Simon Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess the language?
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This sounds Native (North) American to me.
Emanuel is right;. It certainly sounds like a North American indigenous language, perhaps from the West coast. I will start looking!
Might it be Diné (Navajo)?
As I do not have much time to look for an answer myself this week, three additional observations from my side: Firstly, this language seems to feature (phonemic) nasal vowels. Secondly, the linguistic background of the speaker is apparently Anglophone (which kind of rules out the Francophone part of Canada). Thirdly, this doesn’t sound like one of the consonant-rich languages of the North American Pacific coast, such as Klallam, Salish etc.
I also think I heard the English name “John Grey,” or something that sounds like [d̠ʒa:n gɹe:].
I also heard the name John Grey. I think I am wrong but I am going to guess Mi’kmaq which is spoken in my province. It sounds somewhat like it.
Mohawk or another Iroquoian language?
The problem with Mi\’kmaq is that it doesn\’t feature nasal vowels, whereas the language in this recording, I think, does.
Per a Tumblr map nasal vowels appear in “Siouan languages, Algic languages, many Na-Dene languages and Muskogean languages” of North America. Is the speaker apparently Anglophone because of the “r”? I attempted without success to identify language with both nasals and the approximant “r”. Finally, I hear “de John Grey-a” and “de” appears a lot in the clip, seemingly at the start of a phrase to my ear. Could the clip be a pidgin or creole?
It is Wyandot, an Iroquaian language of Oklahoma, formerly spoken in Canada.
The language is indeed Wyandot, or Wendat (Waⁿdat), an Iroquoian language formerly spoken in parts of Oklahoma in the USA and Quebec in Canada which is being revived.
The recording comes from YouTube
There is a breed of chicken named ‘Wyandotte’ after these indigenous people. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte_chicken