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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