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Thread poster: Tabitha Ashura

Tabitha Ashura  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:28
German to English
May 7, 2013

We're headed back to our client to figure out more.

[Edited at 2013-05-07 20:06 GMT]


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:28
Hebrew to English
Any clues in where you got it from? May 7, 2013

I'm guessing it doesn't belong in the Roman alphabet, probably a transliteration.

 

Tabitha Ashura  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:28
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you May 7, 2013

That's a good start! Anyone sounding it out and seeing their language?

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2009)
English to German
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Perhaps May 7, 2013

it might be an African language, most probably spoken by only a few people or tribes.

It does remind me of Swaheli, thus this continent. A web search showed no results.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to French
With Arabic imprints? May 7, 2013

Tabitha Ashura wrote:
...Weld el Mahza...

child of Mahza?


 

Sergio Altuna  Identity Verified
Spain
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I thought the same thing May 7, 2013

Philippe Etienne wrote:

Tabitha Ashura wrote:
...Weld el Mahza...

child of Mahza?


When I first saw that part this morning I thought the same but I couldn´t guess anything else from the other parts.

I do not think that is Arabic; I am quite used to transliteration of several dialects (mobile phone writing) and doesn´t look like arabic to me.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:28
Member
English to French
Agreed May 7, 2013

Sergio Altuna wrote:
...I do not think that is Arabic; I am quite used to transliteration of several dialects (mobile phone writing) and doesn´t look like arabic to me.

The rest doesn't sound Arabic to me either, but I thought the language could be spoken in a muslim country/region.

Or maybe somebody replaced a with space, space with e, d with a, p with w, etc.


 

Tabitha Ashura  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:28
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
I appreciate everyone trying May 7, 2013

we've still had no luck. I've been writing bunches of people and have ruled out almost 45 rarer languages. I will let you all know if I ever find out!

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:28
English to Portuguese
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Lextek says it's Palauan May 7, 2013

Actually it says the sample is too short (min. 200 chars), so I pasted it 3x.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palauan_language

I hope this helps, I mean, that Lextek got it right.


 

Tabitha Ashura  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:28
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks Jose May 7, 2013

We'll try contacting Palauan linguists!

 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:28
Hebrew to English
Not sure it is Palauan May 7, 2013

Not only are those language identifiers notoriously dodgy, but the Palauan language lacks:

a voiced alveolar fricative ("z")
a voiceless glottal fricative ("h")
a voiceless labio-dental fricative ("f")

Which all seem to appear in the sentence:

zwinotto bur hiljaffa Weld el Mahza Kiwatazouri miamata el whoebi

(Presuming this representation is relatively phonetic).


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
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Hello Tabitha May 16, 2013

It is a pity you removed your initial post as the whole thread became hardly comprehensible.

I am mowing it to the Linguistics forum, anyway.


 

Tabitha Ashura  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:28
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Apology May 17, 2013

Sorry to kill the thread but the client requested I remove it at the time and I wasn't able to figure out how to delete it.

 


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