Omniglot News (26/06/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

This week there are new language pages about:

  • Mamaindê (Mamainsahai’gidu), a Nambikwaran language spoken in Mato Grosso State in western Brazil.
  • Bolyu (Pɔ₃₃lju₁₃), a Pankanic language spoken in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China.

New constructed script
Jigul, a phonetic script that can be used to write any language, which was inspired by the Korean Hangeul alphabet.

Sample text in the Jigul alphabet

New adapated scripts
Inglisuraya (ܐ̤ܢ̇ܓܠܝ̣ܣܘ̣ܪܝܝܐ), a way to write English with the Syriac script devised by Allison Powell.

ܐ݅ܠ ܗܝܘ̣ܡܥ݄ܢ ܒܝ̣ܝ̤ܢ̇ܙ̈ ܐܪ ܒܐ݅ܪܢܢ ܦ݆ܪܝ̣ ܐ݆ܢܕ ܝ̣ܟܘܥ݄ܠ ܐ̤ܢܢ ܕܝ̤ܓܢܝ̤ܛܝ̣ ܐ݆ܢܕ ܪܥ̤ܛܣ̈܀ ܯܥ݆ ܐܪ ܐ̤ܢܕܐ݆ܘ݆ܕ ܘܝ̤ܯ ܪܝ̣ܙܥ݄ܢܐ݆ܢܕ ܟܐܢܫܥ݄ܢܣ ܐ݆ܢܕ ܫܘ݆ܕ ܐ݆ܟܛ ܛܥ݄ܘܐ݅ܪܕܙ ܘܥ݄ܢ ܐ݄ܢܥ݄ܯܥ݄ܪ ܐ̤ܢܢ ܐ݄ ܣܦܝ̤ܪܝ̤ܛ ܐ݄ܘ݅ ܒܪܥ݄ܯܥ݄ܪܗܘ݆ܕ܀

Arabo-Chinese, a way to write Chinese with the Arabic script created by Uriel Serna.

رٰن رٰن شٙڭ اٰر دزٖ تٰو، دزٖاي دزوٙن يٰان هٰه تسيوٰان ليٖ شٖاڭ يٰ ليوٖ پيٰڭ دٚڭ. تٙا مْن فوٖ يٚو ليٚ سيٖڭ هٰه ليٰاڭ سيٙن، بيٖڭ يٙڭ يٚ سيوٙڭ ديْ گوٙان سيٖ دْ دزيٙڭ شٰن هوٖ سيٙاڭ دوٖي دٖاي

There’s a new numbers page, a phrases page, and a translation of the Tower of Babel story in Sierra Leone Creole (Krio), an English-based creole spoken in Sierra Leone.

There are also new numbers pages in:

  • Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (Hoocąk), a Siouan language spoken in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa in the USA.
  • Osage (𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 / Wažáže), a Siouan language spoken in Oklahoma in the USA.

There’s an Omniglot blog post called Mountain Wind, which is about the Japanese word 嵐 (arashi), which means storm, and is made up of the characters for mountain and wind; and another entitled Antidry, which is about the French word antisèche (lit. “antidry”, actually a cheat sheet), and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: speakers of this language live far from where their ancestors originated.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Yonaguni (ドゥナンムヌイ / Dunan Munui), a Southern Ryukyuan language spoken on Yonaguni island in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

There’s a new Celtiadur post are about words for Crooked and related things in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology we find out what links the word secret with words like crime, crisis, critic and hypocrisy.

I made improvements to the Osage language page, and made a separate page for the Osage script.

In other news, my current streak on Duolingo reached 1,800 days today, and I’m currently learning Danish, Dutch, Japanese, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish and Swedish there – just a few languages.

I'm on a 1800 day language learning streak on Duolingo

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Omniglot News (19/12/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

This week there are new language pages about:

  • Santiagueño Quechua (Arhintina runasimi), a Southern Quechua language spoken in northern Argentina.
  • Gawar, a Chadic language spoken in the Far North Region of Cameroon.
  • Wambule (वाम्बुले‎), a Kiranti language spoken in parts of eastern of Nepal.
  • Sabanê, a Nambikwaran language spoken in the state of Rondônia in western Brazil.

With these languages, the total number of language profiles on Omniglot is now 1,700!

There are a new numbers pages in:

  • Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (Hoocąk), a Siouan language spoken in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa in the USA.
  • Potawatomi (Neshnabémwen), an Algonqian language spoken in Ontario in Canada, and in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kansas in the USA.
  • Shawnee (Sawanwa), a Central Algonquian language spoken in Oklahoma in the USA.
  • Naskapi (ᓇᔅᑲᐱ‎), an Algonquian language spoken in the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.

There’s an Omniglot blog post called Turning Oxen, which is about the writing direction known as boustrophedon, or literally “like the ox turns”, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language belongs to a small language family that is spoken in a group of islands off the Asian mainland.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Loma (Löömàgòòi), a Southwestern Mande language spoken in northern Liberia.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for Second and Other, and words for Lead (metal) and related things in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology we find out how the word butter is connected to such words as buffalo, truffle and tyromancy.

I also made improvements to the Naskapi, Latvian and Ho-Chunk language pages, and created a separate page for the Hočąk Syllabary.

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Omniglot News (12/06/22)

This week there are new language pages about:

  • Gawar Bati (گواربتی بݰہ), a Dardic language spoken in northeastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.
  • Huaylla Wanca Quechua (Wanka Nunashimi), a Central Quechua language spoken in central Peru.
  • Sakaizaya, an East Formosan language spoken in northeastern Taiwan.

There’s a new constructed script called Arwo Wanco, which is based on arrow shapes and was created by Nikolaj Østermark Hansen to write a fictional language called Wessaic that he also created.

Arwo Wanco

There’s a new adapated script called Armerican (Ա·րմէրի՛կե՛ն), which is a way to write indigenous American languages such as Choctaw, Halkomelem and Inuktitut with the Armenian alphabet devised by Marc Harder.

Sample text in Inuktitut in Armerican
Ինւլւկտա՜տ ինւ՜լիսա՜ն՜·ւղպւտ նան·մինի՜րւն·նասիմաղաղռւտիկ այ՜իգի՜ն·միգլւ իլիտարիյաւյ՜ւտսիաղաղռւտիգլւ պիյւն·նաւտիտաւղաղռւտիկ․ Իսւմակսաղսիւրւն·նատսիարնիրմիկ ինւ՜տսիարւտիգիյարլւ պիլիղտւն·աւտ՜ւտ, ասիան՜·ւրնւլ՜ւ իլիւրնիրվիղատիգի՜տ՜արւկսարիաղարալւաղպւտ ղատան՜·ւտիգի՜ղ՜ատիգի՜տ՜ւտ անիրնիղսա՜րնի․

There are a new numbers pages in: Egyptian Arabic (مصرى), and Ayacucho Quechua (Chanka runasimi), a Southern Quechua language spoken in southern Peru.

There’s an Omniglot blog post called Short On, which is about some differences between British and American English, and related words in Japanese, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: some uncommon letters and lots of accents are used when writing this language.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Skolt Sámi (sääʹmǩiõll), an Eastern Sámi language spoken mainly in northern Finland, and in northwestern Russia.

There’s a new Celtiadur post are about words for Copper and related things in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology we’re looking into the origins of the word roof.

I made some improvements to the Kutchi language page as well.

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Omniglot News (05/06/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

This week there are new language pages about:

  • Dhatki (धाटकी / ڍاٽڪي), a Western Rajasthani language spoken in southern Pakistan and northeasten India.
  • Penobscot (pαnawαhpskewi), an Eastern Abenaki language spoken Penobscot County in Maine in the USA.
  • Moose Cree (ᐃᓕᓖᒧᐧᐃᓐ / ililîmowin), a central Algonquian language spoken Moose Factory Island in Ontario, Canada.

There are a new numbers pages in: Penobscot and Moose Cree, and in Kutchi (કચ્છી), an Indo-Aryan language spoken in Gujarat in India and Sindh in Pakistan.

There’s a new constructed script called Pangeul, which is an alternative way to write Esperanto and French devised by Paoli Mbongo and inspired by the Korean Hangeul alphabet.

Sample text in the Pangeul alphabet in Esperanto

There’s an Omniglot blog posts called Pepper and Salt, which is about words that always or usually go together in a particular order, also known to linguists as binomials. Such as salt and pepper in English, which is usually peper en zout (pepper and salt) in Dutch. There’s also a post about words for Moose in Cree languages, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in the far north.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Khorchin Mongolian (ᠬᠣᠷᠴᠢᠨ), a variety of Mongolian spoken in the Hinggan League in the east of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north of China.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for Tin and Metal and related things in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology we’re looking into the origins of the word circus.

Here’s a little song called Ffaldiral that I wrote yesterday in Welsh and English. It’s based on the Welsh word canu, which means to sing, and can mean various other things.

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Omniglot News (29/05/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

This week we have new language pages about:

  • Swampy Cree (ᓀᐦᐃᓇᐍᐏᐣ / nêhinawêwin), a Central Algonquian language spoken Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario in Canada.
  • Bilua, a language isolate spoken on Vella Lavella Island in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.
  • Cajamarca Quechua (Kashamarka qichwa), a Quechua language spoken in the province of Cajamarca in northwestern Peru.
  • Totontepec Mixe (Ayöök), a Mixe-Zoque language spoken in the State of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.
  • Plains Cree (ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ / nēhiyawēwin), a Central Algonquian language spoken mainly in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada, and in Montana in the USA.
  • Tlahuitoltepec Mixe (Ayuujk), a Mixe-Zoque language spoken in the State of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

I changed the focus of the Cree page to be about Cree Syllabics, and have started making separate pages for different varieties of Cree, so far we have Plains Cree and Swampy Cree (as mentioned above), and more are on the way.

There are a new numbers pages in: Swampy Cree, Plains Cree and Bilua.

There’s an Omniglot blog post about Podiums, which looks at the origins of the Dutch word podium (stage, podium, platform), and related words in other languages, such as pew in English, and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language has a vertically-inclined alphabet.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Kadugli (Katcha dialect), a Central Kadu language spoken in the Kordofan Region of Sudan.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for Iron and Steel and related things in Celtic languages.

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology we’re talking about Tat (cheap, tasteless, useless goods; trinkets), and tatties and spuds (potatoes).

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Omniglot News (22/05/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

The new language pages this week are about:

  • Western Pwo (ဖျိၩ့), a Karenic language spoken in southern Myanmar.
  • Sümi, a Sino-Tibetan language spoken mainly in Nagaland in the northeast of India.
  • Tai Laing (တႆးလꧥင်ꩽ), a southwestern Tai language spoken in northern Myanmar.
  • Northern Pwo (พลอง), a Karenic language spoken in the northwest of Thailand.

There are a new numbers pages in:

  • Mikasuki, an eastern Muskogean language spoken in Southern Florida in the USA.
  • Alabama (Albaamo innaaɬiilka), an eastern Muskogean language spoken in Texas in the USA.
  • Chickasaw (Chikashshanompa’), a Western Muskogean language spoken mainly in Oklahoma in the USA.

There’s a new page of words about the weather in Mandarin Chinese.

There’s a new page featuring words for Metals that are cognate is some or all of the Celtic languages.

There are new Tower of Babel translations in Northern Pwo and Western Pwo.

There’s an Omniglot blog post about table football, or Babyfoot as it’s known in French, and about Accents, which discusses whether you can say you speak a foreign language well if you have such a strong foreign accent that people find you difficult to understand, and there’s the usual Language Quiz – see if you can guess what language this is.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Tlahuitoltepec Mixe (Ayuujk), a Mixe-Zoque language spoken in parts of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

There’s a new Celtiadur post are about words for Doors and related things in Celtic languages.

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology we find out what connects the word lead with words such as flood, float and Pluto.

I also made improvements to the Cree phrases page.

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Omniglot News (15/05/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

The new language pages this week are about:

  • Manumanaw Karen, a Central Karen language spoken in the southwest of Kayah State in eastern Myanmar.
  • Pa’O (ပအိုဝ်ႏ), a Karen language spoken in Shan, Kayin, Kayah and Mon states in eastern Myanmar.
  • Huallaga Quechua (Wallaqa Runashimi), a Central Quechuan language spoken in the Department of Huánuco in central Peru.

There’s a new constructed script: Timescript, which was designed by Jacqui Fashimpur and which uses animation as a critical feature.

There are a new numbers pages in:

  • Ancash Quechua (Anqas Qichwa), a Central Quechua language spoken in the Department of Ancash in northwestern Peru.
  • Kichwa (Kichwa Shimi), a Northern Quechuan language spoken in southern Ecuador.

There’s also a new phrases page in Kichwa.

There are new articles, in Chinese, about:

There’s an Omniglot blog post entitled Befrogged about some interesting frog-related expressions in Dutch, and there’s the usual Language Quiz – see if you can guess what language this is.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Nias (Li Niha), a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken on Nias Island and the Batu Islands off the west coast of Sumartra in Indonesia.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for Mind & Sense, Chess and related things in Celtic languages.

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology we find out what connects word such as quiet and coy, quit and tranquil in an adventure called Quiet 🤫

I wrote a new song this week: Quiet Please

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Omniglot News (08/05/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

The new language pages this week are about:

  • Bagri (बागड़ी), a Rajasthani language spoken in the northwest of India and in eastern and southern Pakistan.
  • Mewari (मेवाड़ी), a Rahashtani language spoken mainly in northwestern and central India, and also in southern Pakistan.
  • Eastern Pwo Karen (ဖၠုံ‎), a Karenic language spoken in southern Myanmar and northern Thailand.
  • Aloápam Zapotec (tizha’), a Zapotecan language spoken in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

There are a new numbers pages in:

  • Aloápam Zapotec (tizha’) – see above.
  • Huasteco (Teenek kaaw), a Mayan language spoken mainly in the states of San Luis Potosi and Veracruz in southern Mexico.
  • Burushaski (بروشسکی‎), a language isolate spoken in northern Pakistan and northern India.

There’s a new article entitled: Three Scottish Gaelic dialects and their possible relationship to ancient history.

There’s an Omniglot blog post about Japanese words for Smile 🙂😃😄😎🙃 and related things, and there’s the usual Language Quiz – see if you can guess what language this is.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Bezhta (бежкьалас миц), a Northeast Caucasian language spoken mainly in southwestern Dagestan in the southwest of the Russian Federation, and also in eastern Georiga.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for Bolts and Locks, Heather and related things in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology this week we find out what connects frolics and frogs in an adventure called Frolicking Frogs 🐸

I also made improvements to the S’gaw Karen language page.

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Omniglot News (01/05/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

The new language pages this week are about:

  • Eton (Ìtón), a Bantu language spoken in central Cameroon.
  • Ancash Quechua (Anqas Qichwa), a variety of Quechua spoken in the Department of Ancash in northwestern Peru.
  • Kamba (Kikamba), a Bantu language spoken in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

There are a new numbers pages in:

  • Kamba (Kikamba).
  • Dane-zaa / Beaver (Dane-zaa Ẕáágéʔ), an Athabaskan language spoken in parts of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada.
  • Karaim (Karay dili), a Turkic language spoken in Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

There’s a new constructed script: Shakeel, which is a way to write English, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and other languages based on Chinese characters and devised by Muhammad Shakeel. It looks like this:

Sample text in Shakeel

There’s an Omniglot blog post about the origins of the phrase Long Time, No See, and equivalents in Japanese and Chinese, and there’s the usual Language Quiz – see if you can guess what language this is.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Numanggang, a Finisterre-Huon language spoken in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for nephews, nieces and related people in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology this week we find out what connects nepotism with nephews and popes.

I also made improvements to the Võro phrases page, which new includes recordings of all the phrases.

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Omniglot News (24/04/22)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

This week there are new language pages about:

  • Haya (OluHaya), a Bantu language spoken in the Kagera region of northern Tanzania.
  • Ili Turki (İlı turkeşi), a Turkic language spoken in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the northwest of China.
  • Nyukyusa (Kɨnyakyʉsa), a Bantu language spoken around the northern end of Lake Malawi in northern Malawi and southern Tanzania.

There are a new numbers pages in:

  • Salar (Salarcha), an Oghuz Turkic language spoken mainly in northwestern China.
  • Urum (Урум), a Kypchak Turkic language spoken in southeastern Ukraine and central Georgia.
  • Kumyk (Къумукъ тил), a Turkic language spoken mainly in the Dagestan Republic of Russian Federation.
  • Old Turkic, a Siberian Turkic language that was spoken in parts of East and Central Asia and Eastern Europe between the 7th and 13th centuries AD.

The new Omniglot blog post this week is called Good Pickaxes, about the French word pioche (pickaxe, chance, luck), and there’s the usual Language Quiz – see if you can guess what language this is.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Siona (Gantëya coca), a Western Tucanoan language spoken in parts of Colombia and Ecuador.

There are new Celtiadur posts are about words for brothers, sisters and related people in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology this week we look into the origins of the word technology.

I also made improvements to the Arvanitic language page.

For more Omniglot News see:
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https://twitter.com/Omniglossia
https://www.facebook.com/groups/omniglot/
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