Phonemic inventory

Consonants
LabialAlveolarAlveolar
sibilant
PalatalVelarRounded
velar
Glottal
Nasalmnɲŋ
Prenasalised stopmbndnd͡zŋg
Stoppbtdt͡sd͡zkgʔ
Fricativefvszxɣh
Resonantɾjw

Vowels
FrontCentralBack
Highiyɨɨːʉʉːɯɯːu
Mid-lowɛɛːœœːʌʌːɔɔː
Lowaɑɑːɒɒː

Syllable structure

(C1)V(C2)

C1: a consonant other than /ɲ/
V: a vowel
C2: a sonorant other than /ʔ/; i.e. one of /m n ɲ ŋ h/

Allophony

Some words

/daŋka/[daŋka]
/nupɔː/[nupɔː]
/dɯː/[dɯː]
/wisœ/[wisœ]
/fɒn/[fɒn]
/ʔɛtʌ/[ʔɛtʌ]
/d͡zuvʉ/[d͡zuvʉ]
/fʉːdʉ/[fʉːdʉ]
/taa/[taa]
/ɾyːbu/[ɾyːbu]
/wʉɣa/[wʉɣa]
/t͡sʉːmɔn/[t͡sʉːmɔn]
/œaːn/[œaːn]
/dixʷɔ/[dixʷɔ]
/ŋatʉ/[ŋatʉ]
/xatɯn/[xatɯn]
/tɔnbiː/[tɔmbiː]
/dɛŋgœ/[dɛŋgœ]
/iːzi/[iːzi]
/taːŋtœn/[taːntœn]
/zɛwy/[zʌwy]
/œdɛː/[œdɛː]
/bɨː/[bɨː]
/ŋaːzaːn/[ŋaːzaːn]
/tʉː/[tʉː]
/nʉ/[nʉ]
/ɣaaː/[ɣaaː]
/bʉvaː/[bʉvaː]
/jʉ/[jʉ]
/kybaː/[kybaː]

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