There are several dialects of the Tayal aborigine language. As my dear departed friend Baunay so succinctly explained it, “When you hear people who talk roughly and sound like savages, you know they are from the next village over.” Yes indeed.
In Miaoli the main dialect is C’uli, but in
Wulai Squliq is spoken. The names of
the dialects come from the different pronunciation of the word “person:” c’uli
in Miaoli, squliq in Wulai. People
can communicate, but there are some real curveballs. Here are a couple
house→ c’uli: sali; squliq: ngasan.
fish→ c’uli: sioh; squliq: quleh.
year→ c’uli: kawel; squliq: kawas.
And I can barely understand the c’uli numbers. At the kindergarten, I would tell the kids to come sit with me, tama kani, to be met with blank looks. It turns out that in C’uli, they say tl’ung ani. No wonder.