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Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Radical
Laryngeal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Pharyngeal
Epi-glottal
Glottal
Plosive
p           t               k      
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nasal
  m           n           ɲ   ŋ    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trill
                         
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
Tap, Flap
              ɾ                                
Fricative
            s   ʃ                              
Lateral fricative
 
 
 
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approximant
                          j   w                
Lateral approximant
 
 
 
 
      l                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lateral flap
 
 
 
 
                   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Implosives
  ɓ           ɗ           ʄ   ɠ    
Affricates
                                 
 
Front
Near-front
Central
Near-back
Back
 
Close
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Selected languages: Maasai
UPSID number: 4204
Alternate name(s): N/A
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, E. Sudanic
The languages has 28 segments
Frequency index: N/A
Sounds:
Comments: Maasai has a vowel harmony system opposing i,e,a,o,u to the remaining vowels. There are two basic level tones. Voiced implosiv palatoalveolar affricate /ʄ/ is missing General: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/%7Emaasai/Maa%20Language/maling.htm Phonology: http://www.archive.org/stream/rosettaproject_mas_phon-1#page/n5/mode/2up http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/%7Emaasai/Maa%20Language/maphon.htm
Sources: Tucker, A.N. and Bryan, M.A. 1966. Linguistic Analyses: the Non-Bantu Languages of North-Eastern Africa. Oxford University Press for International African Institute, London. Modified accroding to Campbell, G. L. (1991): Short open back vowel /ɑ/ added Tucker, A.N. and Mpaayei, J.T.O. 1955. A Maasai Grammar (Publications of the African Institute, Leyden, 2). Longmans, London.