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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