Omniglot News (11/12/2022)

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

There are new language pages about:

  • Bola (Bola-Bakovi), a Western Oceanic language spoken in West New Britain province of Papua New Guinea.

New constructed script: Geolmgeul (걺글), which is an alternative way to write Korean created by Heesu Kim, and was inspired by Korean handwriting and Japanese hiragana.

Sample text in Geolmgeul

New adapated script: Latvian Runes (ᛚᚨᛏᚡᛁᛃᚨᛊ ᚱᚤᚾᚨᛊ / Latvijas Rūnas) (걺글), a way to write Latvian with Runes devised by Xavier Merica.

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Latvian Runes

There are new numbers pages in:

  • Wiradjuri, a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in New South Wales in Australia.
  • Bola (Bola-Bakovi), a Western Oceanic language spoken in West New Britain province of Papua New Guinea.
  • Kwara’ae, an Oceanic language spoken mainly on Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands.

There are new translations of the Tower of Babel story in Gonja and Kwara’ae

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post about the latest UK Census, which shows a fall in the number of Welsh speakers, and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

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

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Tombulu (a.k.a. Minahasan), a Philippine language spoken in the Minahasa Regency of North Sulawesi Province in Indonesia.

On the Celtiadur blog we unlock words for Prison, Coracles in Celtic languages.

Continuing the prison theme, this week’s Adventure in Etymology looks into the origins of the word Jail/Gaol.

On the Celtic Pathways podcast about the word Coracle.

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