Repost from the old blog. Spot the language. Text of an unknown language, plus clues. Answer in the comments.
Si kerese kistionai de sa terra tua, benni a intru.
Est partzida in duas bariedades fundamentales. Po su tataresu (o turritanu) sa chistione est prus difitzile ca mancari siet de gramàtiga, tenet meda de su lessicu logudoresu (80% segundu medas).
Finas a oe, mancari bi siant istados medas traballos e bideas, no s’agatat ancora unu istandard de iscritura de sa limba. S’ùnicu puntu chi acomunat sos istudiosos est sa modalidade de atzentadura: s’atzentu cheret postu in sa sìllaba de tres (partende dae sa fine de sa paràula) o in s’ùrtima. Lassende a parte sas grafias no issientìficas, sighidas dae sos iscritores e dae sos poetas in tantos sèculos, oe bi sunt bàtor propostas printzipales pro iscrìere su.
La faeddant o la cumprendent, nessi pro carchi fràsia, unos 1.200.000 pessonas de prus sos disterrados chi no bi istant. Sos chi la cumprendent e impreant de mèngius manera sunt prus pagos, ma no b’at carchi cherta ispetzialìstiga chi nde tratet; paret peroe, comente pro totu sas limbas de minorìa, chi la faeddent mèngius sos betzos, mancari bi sient giòvanos chi l’istùdient e l’impreent meda e bene.
Well, well, well, what have we here? I can’t believe I actually found this language on the Internet! Amazing. Another European language, a very conservative one, resembling some widely-spoken tongues, yet not well known at all. To see it, who would recognize it? To tell the truth, this language is actually a collection of four different languages, but we will just call it one language for now.
Yes, it has millions of speakers. Even in its homeland, the most widely spoken language is not the language of people themselves, but another one – to independentists, it is the language of the colonizer.
It is little recognized, but these are some of the most ancient and obscure people in Europe. Racially, they cannot even be considered to be the same race as almost all other Europeans. This suggests that these people may be the last remnants of the most ancient Europeans.
The language is also very ancient, and it is said to be the most conservative in its widely spoken family. It has retained other obscure influences, including from the non-European shores of the Mediterranean. It may even be related to Lydian, an ancient Hittite-like tongue from the earliest days of Indo-European, but this is not proven.
Wickedly black humor and sardines. Casu Marzu, delicious rotten sheep’s milk cheese full of live white worms. Yum! Similar to Marcetto (caçe fraçeche), Salterello, Ribiòla cui bèg, Furmai nis, milbenkäse and mimolette. Eat it with pane carasau bread and Cannonau red wine.
They do live a very, very long time, but one knows why. Is it that wormy cheese? For one thing, they walk a lot in the hills, even into very old age, and they have very close families.
There have been famous ones:
Italo Calvino scribbling his cryptic books.
Pier Angeli in the movies, “There was only one love in my life, and that was Jimmy Dean,” she said, but he was long dead in a speeding crash. She was 39, nervous, lonely and broke, a tranquilizer and allergic shock, dead before Godfather.
Jean-Paul Marat, one cruel hand on the guillotine’s lever and the other kind hand on the many patients under his care.
Corday, hero of the Second Empire, Plutarch under arm, stagecoach to Paris, deadly shopping at Palais Royal, enters. “They shall all be guillotined!” he cries, revolutionary to the end. The murderess’ knife plunges into the man in the bathtub. “À moi, ma chère amie!” the last words, and Jacques-Louis David put it on canvas, blood in the bath, for all time.
A trial, “I killed one man to save 100,000!” and it was off with her head, then a slap to her severed face. In a ditch next to the unfortunate Louis 16, then heaped with dirt, buried in ignominy, but the Bonapartes keep her skull to this day. The Jacobins were not deterred by that singular plunging blade, and Marie herself was next in line.
Of course, my favorite of all, Antonio Gramsci, festering in a barred cell, and dead soon after mercy release.