Omniglot News (06/02/22)

Here are details of the latest developments on Omniglot websites and blogs.

This week we have three new language pages on Omniglot, which are:

  • Western Subanon (Sinubanon), a Philippine language spoken in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay on the Zamboanga Peninsula in the Mindanao region in the south of the Philippines.
  • Mamanwa (Minamanwa), a Philippine language spoken on the island of Mindanao in provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte in the Caraga region of the southern Philippines
  • Bugkalot, a Philippine language spoken in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirion in the north of Luzon in the Philippines.

There’s a new constructed script: Nkoma, an alternative way to write Lingala and other languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) devised by Paoli Mbongo from Kinshasa.

Sample text in the Nkoma alphabet

There are a new numbers pages in: Muong (thiểng Mường) and Kri (meengq Kri), which are Vietic languages spoken in Vietnam and Laos, and Santali (ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ), a Munda language spoken in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

On the Omniglot blog this week there’s a post about Chinese New Year – Year of the Tiger, a post about the word deuce – What the Deuce‽, and the usual Language Quiz.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Talian (taliàn), a variety of Venetian spoken in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil.

This week’s Celtiadur post is about words for Corners. and related things in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology we looking into the various origins of the word veranda.

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