Omniglot News (05/03/2023)

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

There are new writing systems pages about:

  • Chorasmian, which was used to write Khwarezmian, an extinct East Iranian language that was spoken in what is now northern Uzbekistan, and parts of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan until 1200 AD.
  • North Arabian, the collective name for a group of scripts that were used in north and central Arabia and southern Syria from about the 8th Century BC until the 4th century AD.

Sample text in North Arabian

There are new language pages about:

  • Mongsen Ao, a Kuki–Chin–Naga language spoken in Nagaland in the northeast India.
  • Tewa, a Tanoan language spoken mainly in the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico, and also in Arizona, in the USA.
  • Northern Birifor (Bɩrfʋɔr), a Gur language spoken mainly in the southwest of Burkina Faso.

New constructed script: Tenrái, which was created by Judah Kapulare to write Khasi, a Khasi-Palaungic language spoken mainly in Meghalaya state in the northeast of India.

Sample text in Tenrái

There are new numbers pages in:

  • Manipuri, (ꯃꯩꯇꯩꯂꯣꯟ / Miteilon), a Kukish language spoken in Manipur in the northeast of India.
  • Mavea, a Southern Oceanic language spoken on Mavea island in Vanuatu.

On the Omniglot blog we investigating the origins of the phrase ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’ in a post called Falling Apples, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in southern Africa.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim), a Central Salishan language spoken in the southwest of British Columbia in Canada.

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology we’re finding out what links the word Herb with words like gray, graze, green and grow.

By the way, this is the 100th episode of Adventures in Etymology – if you’d like to see a list of all the words covered so far, head on over to Radio Omniglot. If you’d like me to look into any words that I haven’t already covered, in English or other languages, you can leave your suggestions there as well.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for Revenge and related things in Celtic languages.

There’s a new Celtic Pathways podcast about words for Heights and related things in Celtic languages.

I also made improvements to the South Arabian, Siddham, Sogdian script pages, and the Celtiadur post about words for High, Elevated, Noble and related things

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