Language name: EWONDO
UPSID number: 4141
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Niger-Kordofanian, Bantoid
This language has 34 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.324572845 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: t k kp b d g gb mb nd Ng Nmgb ts dz ndz f v s z m n nj N l j w e @ o E O a iF uF mv
Comment: Ewondo has 3 level tones. The high vowels /i,u/ are "so high...that loud friction usually occurs with these vowels" (Redden 1979: 8). Prenasalized obstruents contrast with syllabic nasal + C sequences and according to Nnomo and Mbezele syllable boundary falls before them. The intuition of these native speakers that these are single segments is followed here.
Source(s): Abega, P. 1970. Grammaire Ewondo. Universite Federale du Cameroun, Departement des langues africaines et linguistiques.
Nnomo, T.A. and Mbezele, L.E. 1982. Elements de Grammaire Ewondo. College Liberman, Donala.
Redden, J.E. 1979. A Descriptive Grammar of Ewando. SIU Department of Linguistics, Carbindale (?), Illinois.

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