Linguistic puzzles


The University of Oregon have come up with a fascinating selection of linguistic puzzles, and they’re free to play! While certainly challenging your brain, they may also introduce you to a few lesser-known minority languages.

The vast majority are basically linguistic logic puzzles – after being given a few examples of vocabulary from that language, you are then asked to render some other words in the target language.

The very first language is Agta, an endangered language from a northern island in the Philippines. With only around 600 speakers, the vast majority of English speakers have never heard (and probably will never hear) of it, but its morphology and word formation happen to work well for this kind of logic puzzle.

Agta is just one of around 30 languages featured in the linguistic challenges. Check them out for yourself here – test your linguistic side and see how well you do!