Omniglot News (04/02/24)

Omniglot News

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

There are new language pages about:

  • Nishi (Nyishi / न्यिसि), a Western Tani language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in northeastern India.
  • Khengkha (ཁེངས་​ཁ་​), an Eastern Bodish language spoken in southern Bhutan.
  • Jumli (जुम्ली खस), an Eastern Pahari language spoken mainly in Karnali Province in northeastern Nepal.

New constructed script: Wiqa, which was created by Scott Printz to write his conlang of the same name. It was inspired by Korean Hangeul, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics and human speech anatomy.

Sample text in Wiqa

New numbers pages:

  • Khorasani Turkic (Xorasan Türkçesi) a Turkic language spoken in northeastern Iran.
  • Kumandy (куманды) a Kipchak Turkic language spoken in the south of the Russian Federation.
  • Khengkha (ཁེངས་​ཁ་​), an Eastern Bodish language spoken in southern Bhutan.

There’s a new Omniglot blog post entitled Gatekeeping / Geatóireacht, which is about how some people can be very precious about what they consider ‘correct’ language, with particular reference to Irish, and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Kabiye (Kabɩyɛ), a Southern Gur spoken in Togo, Benin and Ghana.

In this week’s Celtic Pathways podcast, Swampy Cauldrons, we discover the Celtic origins of the name Paris, and also Britain and Brittany.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for Cauldrons and Kettles and related things, and I made improvements to the posts about words for Houses and Dwellings and Time & Weather.

I also finally worked out how to get Tibetan text to display correctly, at least in the browsers I use. For example, the native name of the Khengkha language is ཁེངས་​ཁ་, and without the relevant styles, it looks like this ཁེངས་​ཁ་. Do you see a difference?

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