Language Quiz 22 January 202321 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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Very enigmatic. Apparently, there are some brand names and/or loanwords in this recording, such as Shinex (?), elastik etc. I also think I hear a number of English/American elements, e.g. square (?), really (?), oh, ya (?). Apart from that, there is perhaps reduplication (duadua, kankan) which could point in an Austronesian direction, like last week … However, the consonant clusters in the anlaut of several words – e.g. /br/ – do not fit into this picture.
I also considered a creole language. Papiamento would explain the br-clusters and the x-sound (as in Spanish ), although I would have expected that language to sound a bit more “Romance”.
P.S.: /x/ as in Sanish and Nederlands (in some environments).
Here’s a clue – this is an English-based creole, believe it or not.
Taking a guess that it’s Chinook Jargon?
This recording does not match the phonology of Chinook Jargon, in my opinion. My guess is Sranan Tongo.
Emanuel is right. The language is Sranan (Sranan Tongo), an English-based Creole spoken in Suriname.