Omniglot News (27/08/23)

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

There are new language pages about:

  • Iceve-Maci, a Tivoid language spoken in southwest Cameroon and southeast Nigeria.
  • Esimbi, a Tivoid language spoken in the Northwest Province of Cameroon.
  • Chaura (Sanënyö), a Nicobarese language spoken on Chowra (Chaura) Island in the Nicobar Islands, part of the Indian union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

New constructed script: Foamemes, which is an alternative way to write American English devised by Earthcat Terrence and Rex Angular

Sample text in Foamemes

New constructed script: Jackson’s Dialect Phonetic Alphabet (JDPA), which was devised by Jackson Green as an alternative way to write Canadian English.

Sample text in Jackson's Dialect Phonetic Alphabet (JDPA)

New constructed script: Liran, which was invented by Seth Zaw to write his constructed language, Liran.

Sample text in Liran

New numbers pages:

  • Chaura (Sanënyö), a Nicobarese language spoken on Chowra (Chaura) Island in the Nicobar Islands
  • Kanuri (Kànùrí), a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
  • Kpelle (Kpɛlɛwoo), a Mande language spoken in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Chad.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post called Gadding About about the meanings and origins of the word gad and related words, and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language was spoken in Australia, and is currently being revived.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Capiznon (Kapisnon), a Central Bisayan language spoken in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.

There’s a new Celtiadur post called Fearful Dread, which looks into some fearful and dreadful words in Celtic languages.

In the Adventure in Etymology we investigate the origins of the word Crotchet (♩) and related things.

2222 day streak on Duolingo

In other news, I reached 2222 days on my Duolingo learning streak this week, which seems like quite a milestone to me, and I’m still enjoying it. I’ve nearly finished the Japanese course – only half a unit to complete, plus some legendary levels. I have 2.5 more units to finish in the Spanish course, 3.5 in Finnish, and nearly 4 in Scottish Gaelic. I don’t know which language(s) I’ll study when I finish these courses.

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