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p b         t d             k      
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  m           n                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                          j   w                
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Selected languages: Yawa
UPSID number: 8629
Alternate name(s): N/A
Classification: Papuan, Geelvink Bay
The languages has 19 segments
Frequency index: N/A
Sounds:
Comments: Yawa is spoken on Yapen island, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Stress placement is unpredictable. After /u/ the palato-alveolar affricate has the allophone [g]. Nasal + obstruent clusters occur but Jones (1986) reports that they are not homorganic if the obstruent is velar or palato-alveolar, and are phonetically heterosyllabic where intervocalic; hence, even initial cases are analyzed as sequences. Many two-vowel sequences occur.
Sources: Jones, L.K. 1986. Yawa phonology. Papers in New Guinea linguistics, no. 25, 1-30. Pacific Linguistics, Series A, No. 74. Australian National University, Canberra.