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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