Language Quiz 26 February 202325 February 2023 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, North West/Pacific side I’d say.
I would heartily agree with Emanuel. Has to be Pacific Northwest with those sounds. Somehow, as well, I think the speaker has possibly learned it as a second language but I am not quite sure why I think that.
I also think that. Her first language is perhaps not the one she speaks in the recording. It’s very often the vowels that betray us.
I’ve yet to learn to distinguish the different North American language families by ear but I can also hear that this is probably a native English speaker. I heard the /lh/ and /k’/; is that what gives it away for Pacific Northwest Hank?
Tried identifying it for myself, I’m pretty sure it’s Tlingit
I think in some respects it does. If you were to look at any of the Pacific Northwest languages in the language family section, you will be amazed at the complex consonants and consonant clusters as well as the mind-blowing ways they have of transcribing them. A real eye opener.
Could it also be Gwich’in?
Possibly, Hank. I guess it is at least from somewhere in that region and/or related to Gwich’in. I couldn’t find the recording, though.
The language is Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim), a Central Salishan language spoken in the southwest of British Columbia in Canada.
The recording comes from YouTube