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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 b         t d             k ɡ    
 
 
 
 
ʔ
 
Nasal
  m           n           ɲ        
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trill
                           
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
Tap, Flap
              ɾ                                
Fricative
ɸ   f       s z ʃ                           h  
Lateral fricative
 
 
 
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approximant
                          j   w                
Lateral approximant
 
 
 
 
      l       ɭ            
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lateral flap
 
 
 
 
                   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Affricates
                               
 
Front
Near-front
Central
Near-back
Back
 
Close
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Selected languages: Kanuri
UPSID number: 4201
Alternate name(s): N/A
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, Saharan
The languages has 29 segments
Frequency index: N/A
Sounds:
Comments: Kanuri has a two-level tone system. Hutchison lists prenasalized stops as unit phonemes but does not justify this assumption, however Awoboluyi gives an example suggesting that closed syllable allophones of mid vowels appear before N + C clusters.
Sources: Awobuluyi, O. 1971. The phonology of Yerwa Kanuri. Research Notes, Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages 4/1. University of Ibadan, Nigeria: 1-21. Hutchison, J.P. and Skinner, A.N. 1981. A Reference Grammar of the Kanuri Language. University of Wisconsin - Madison African Studies Program; Boston University African Studies Center. Lukas, J. 1937. A Study of the Kanuri Language. Oxford University Press, London.