Omniglot News (04/09/22)

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

There are new language pages about:

  • Gulf Arabic (خليجي‎), a variety of Arabic spoken mainly around the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabic, Oman, Qatar and other countries.
  • Kusaal (Kʋsaal), a Gur language spoken mainly in northern Ghana, and also in Burkina Faso and Togo.
  • Southern Birifor (Birfoɔr), a Gur language spoken in northern Ghana and northeastern Côte d’Ivoire

There are new numbers pages in:

  • Proto-Polynesian, the reconstructed ancestor of all modern Polynesian languages.
  • Emae (Fakamakata), a Polynesian language spoken mainly on the island of Emae in Shefa province of Vanuatu.

There are new family words pages in:

  • Lao (ພາສາລາວ), a Tai-Kadai language spoken mainly in Laos, and also in Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • Thai (ภาษาไทย), a Tai-Kadai language spoken mainly in Thailand

There are now recordings of all the Finnish numbers

There’s an Omniglot blog post called Apologetic Thanks, about words for thanks and apologies in Chinese and Japanese, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in parts of West Africa.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Isan (ภาษาอีสาน), a Lao-Phutai language spoken in the Isan region in the northeast of Thailand.

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

There’s an episode of the Celtic Pathways podcast about words for Horses.

In the Adventure in Etymology we uncover the origins of the word hat, and find out how it’s connected to such words as hood and heed.

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