Language name: EPENA PEDEE
UPSID number: 6811
Alternate name(s): SAIJA
Classification: South American, Paezan
This language has 31 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.363993992 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p t k ? ph th kh b d g tS h s r[ r BA j i i_ I_ u e o a i~ i_~ I_~ u~ e~ o~ a~
Comment: Saija is spoken in Colombia with a main group of speakers along the Saija river in the Choco department on the Pacific coast. Stops /b,d/, the alveolar flap /r[/and palatal glide /j/ have nasal consonant allophones before nasalized vowels; stops, affricates and /s/ have prenasalized allophones following a nasalized vowel. Vowels occur both long and short and most sequences of unlike vowels also occur.
Source(s): Harms, P.L. 1984. Fonologia del Epena Pedee (Saija). Sistemos Fonologicos de Idiomas Colombianos 5: 157-201.
Harms, P.L. 1985. Epena Pedee (Saija): Nasalization. From Phonology to Discourse (Ruth M. Brend, ed.) (Language Data -- Amerindian Series, no. 9.) Summer Institute in Linguistics: 13-18.

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