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Labial
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Uvular
Pharyngeal
Epi-glottal
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Plosive
  b                     k ɡ    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nasal
  m                     ɲ        
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trill
              r            
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
Tap, Flap
                                               
Fricative
    f       s   ʃ                           h  
Lateral fricative
 
 
 
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approximant
                                               
Lateral approximant
 
 
 
 
      *l                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lateral flap
 
 
 
 
                   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Labial
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Dorsal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
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Affricates
                               
 
Front
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Close
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Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Selected languages: Nubian
UPSID number: 4206
Alternate name(s): N/A
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, E. Sudanic
The languages has 21 segments
Frequency index: N/A
Sounds:
Comments: All vowels also occur long. The affricate tS almost always occurs geminated, and might be treated as the geminate counterpart of dZ which is never geminate. Bell (1970) suggests a two level tone system for Nobiin.
Sources: Bell, H. 1968. The tone system of Mahas Nubian, Journal of African Languages, 7/1: 26-32. Bell, H. 1971. The phonology of Nobiin Nubian. African Language Review 9: 115-39. Stevenson, R.C. 1957. A survey of the phonetics and grammatical structure of the Nuba mountain languages IV. Afrika und Ubersee 41: 27-65.