Omniglot News (30/04/2023)

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. This is in fact the news for the past two weeks as I was away at The Language Event in Edinburgh last weekend and didn’t have time to record a newscast. More on that later.

There are new language pages about:

  • Romanian Tatar (Tatarșa), a variety of Crimean Tatar spoken mainly in the Dobrogea region in eastern Romania.
  • Namakura (Namakir) a Southern Oceanic language spoken in the Shepherd Islands in Shefa Province of Vanuatu.
  • Tirax (Resan Tirax), a Southern Oceanic language spoken in the north east of Malakula Island in Vanuatu.
  • Lewo, a Southern Oceanic language spoken on Epi Island in Shefa Province of Vanuatu.
  • Tarama (たらまふとぅ), a Southern Ryukyuan language spoken on Tarama and Minna, two of Miyako islands in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan

There are new numbers pages in: Romanian Tatar, Namakura, Tirax, Kaska and Lewo.

There’s a new page about How to write dates in Japanese.

On the Omniglot blog there are new posts about The Language Event I went to in Edinburgh, and about words for Cupboards, Cabinets and Closets, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

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

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Tumak (bə̀g ɗə təmàgə́ə̀n), an East Chadic language spoken in the southwest of Chad.

The mystery language in the previous week’s language quiz was: Norman (Normaund), a Romance language spoken in Normandy in northern France.

There’s a new Celtic Pathways podcast about words for donkey and related beasts in Celtic and other languages.

On the Celtiadur blog there are new posts about Top Peaks and Scratching Scrapes, and improved posts about words for To Write, Book and Donkeys. I also made improvements to the Celtic cognates index page.

In other news, last weekend I had a good time at The Language Event in Edinburgh. There were some interesting talks about all sorts of language-related topics, I met old friends and made some new ones, and got to speak a variety of languages, including Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Danish, Japanese, German and Spanish.

The Language Event, Edinburgh

A reporter from BBC Alba (the Scottish Gaelic TV channel) was at the Event and filmed parts of it, including a short interview with me in Scottish Gaelic:

I forgot to mention in the recording, but I wrote a new song in Scottish Gaelic called Thoir An Aire! (Watch Out!), which was inpsired by my Gaelic lessons on Duolingo, and visits to Scotland. It goes something like this:

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