5 Of The Weirdest Languages In The World | Random Thursday

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  • Published on: Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • From sounds that literally damage your vocal cords to a language that's entirely whistled, these are 5 of the strangest, quirkiest languages in the world.


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    The Piraha Language - Brazil

    This one is controversial because the theory is the language doesn't have recursion. Recursion is a linguistic property where you can add phrases into phrases, also called Nesting.

    This is controversial because Noam Chomsky popularized the idea that recursions are a part of what he called “universal grammar” that you find in all languages.

    And then Dr. Dan Everett studied the Piraha people of the Amazon rain forest in the 1970, first as a missionary and later just to research their language.

    And in a paper in 2005, he claimed that the Piraha people do not use recursion, flying in the face of linguistic doctrine and shaking the very foundations of our knowledge to the ground, making international news.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/books/a-new-book-and-film-about-rare-amazonian-language.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1

    https://www.onclips.net/video/nDM8G5tuHF8

    Aymara Language - Andes, South America

    The Aymara language isn’t a small, tucked away language in some
    The reason it’s on this list is due to a little quirk that seems to be unique to the Aymara, which is the way they refer to the past and the future.

    Why would they do that? The answer is a simple flip in perception, by saying that events from the past are known, meaning we can see them, they’re in front of us. Whereas the future is unknown, we can’t see it… So it’s behind us.

    https://www.onclips.net/video/vydhTL5SoIs

    !Xóõ: Botswana

    It’s no secret that there are languages in sub-Saharan Africa that use click sounds along with other consonant sounds, there are several of these but this one is the quintessential one.

    It features 5 different click sounds and 17 accompanying ones. Also 4 vowel sounds with four varying tones.

    This language is not just difficult to learn, it’s physically straining on a non-speaker because some of these clicks are next to impossible to do without a serious amount of training.

    http://www.economist.com/node/15108609

    https://www.onclips.net/video/lQpLvN0KD3Q


    Guugu Yimithirr: Aboriginal Language, Australia

    Guugu Yimithirr is an ancient language, spoken by the aboriginal people of Australia for thousands of years, specifically the Guugu Yimithirr people of Far North Queensland, in fact it was actually the first aboriginal language ever written down by James Cook in 1770 and is where the word Kangaroo comes from.

    All their directions used cardinal directions. Cardinal directions being North, South, East, West, and the directions in between. They didn’t have words for left, right, front or back.

    What this means is that every speaker must always know what geographic direction they are facing at all times. It’s like the language has layered the geographic directions into the fabric of their culture. You literally can’t convey information without it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

    https://www.onclips.net/video/IF9RD6gtlfE


    Silbo Gomero: Spain

    La Gomera is an island, specifically the smallest of the Spanish Canary Islands just northwest of Africa. And on that tiny island is a language that’s not spoken anywhere else called Silbo Gomero, and it holds the top spot on this list for one simple reason. It’s spoken with whistles.

    https://www.onclips.net/video/nYKBTjSNMv8
    It’s literally like a whistled version of Spanish featuring two whistled vowels and four consonants.

    Source: https://youtu.be/gybTMf_Xa10

Comments

  • magic maniac

    magic maniac

     4 hours ago

    Power move, send nudes through the mind

  • Artur H

    Artur H

     12 hours ago

    10:16 In Turkey there is a mountain region where they can communicate with whistles.

  • Cinder, God of Nature

    Cinder, God of Nature

     15 hours ago

    Basque language is a language of clicks

  • Bart Brown

    Bart Brown

     22 hours ago

    Just giving props where due. One of my favorite channels

  • Daniel Montes

    Daniel Montes

     1 days ago

    I’ve always wanted to hear a conversation between someone from the Louisiana bayou and someone with a thick Bostonian accent. Two dialects I’ve struggled to understand when first presented with them. Eventually, my ears catch up. But at first...

  • Globy

    Globy

     1 days ago

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  • Delphia Strickland

    Delphia Strickland

     1 days ago

    A ship shipping ship, shipping shipping ships!

  • Kevin Patrick

    Kevin Patrick

     1 days ago +1

    One addition I would make to this list: Irish.
    The Irish language has no words for "yes" or "no". Seriously!
    If someone were to ask you if you were a redhead, you could not confirm or deny with a simple affirmative or negative...
    Instead you would have to restate the fact as true or assert a contrary fact.
    So you could say, "I am a redhead" or "I am a blonde".
    Weird, huh?

  • Brett Hess

    Brett Hess

     1 days ago

    Aymara views the human experience as going ass-backwards into the future.

  • Sandi Hurd

    Sandi Hurd

     2 days ago

    I assume Google translate would not be helpful for the languages that consist of whistles and clicks.

  • we dont talk about what A.R.M.Y stands for

    we dont talk about what A.R.M.Y stands for

     2 days ago

    Languanges are beautifull! Its part of u.

  • Prank Girl

    Prank Girl

     2 days ago +1

    There are several whistle languages. One in Turkey, Mexico, Canary Islands, Paupa New Guinea to name a few.

  • Bonnita Claus

    Bonnita Claus

     2 days ago

    I have great difficulty in distinguishing right from left. However if you speak in North or south, east and west I understand the directions. I think of my right hand as my south or west hand. My left hand is my north or east hand. However, I have absolutely no difficulty if I’m outdoors in figuring out if you want my right hand or left hand side are referring to it as a direction with my orientation. Therefore if I’m facing south, my right hand is the West hand, you do not have to add in your left or you’re right hand.

  • I Epic Wolfy

    I Epic Wolfy

     3 days ago

    Cantonese can only be spoken with emotion

  • justDelinah

    justDelinah

     3 days ago

    Sir, I do not appreciate how you did not say the name of my country and where we are while you did with other countries.

  • DChong

    DChong

     3 days ago

    the last one exist in Davao, Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
    also exist in a few version in various part of Philippines.
    ex spanish colony

  • John

    John

     3 days ago

    LOL? What a lump? Jesus! Doc I think I have throat cancer!

  • Arhire Stefan

    Arhire Stefan

     3 days ago

    how about what kind of curses each language uses? that should tell a lot about the culture.

  • E.Z. Hernandez

    E.Z. Hernandez

     5 days ago

    They needed double interpreters for the old buggar that had the sea mine in hot fuzz.

  • TheMoon

    TheMoon

     5 days ago

    theres some place where people describe the future and the past from a river or some shit. world science festival posted a video on youtube recently explaining it. theres a lot of what ur talking about in this video but the river one was weird.