Language name: VANIMO
UPSID number: 8640
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Papuan, Sko
This language has 28 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.332119100 (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 b d d_ B hh s m n n_ l i e E a O o u @) i~ e~ E~ a~ O~ o~ u~ @)~
Comment: Dumo dialect. Vanimo is spoken in an area on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea near the Irian Jaya border. Ross (1980) describes it as having 3 "tones": "high", "long", and "toneless". Long tone is apparently not perceptibly longer "because Vanimo has strict syllable-timing" but it has a mid onset. The palato-alveolar stop has affricate and approximant variants. Ross considers it posible that nasalized vowels could be allophonic but conditioning is not understood.
Source(s): Ross, M. 1980. "Some elements of Vanimo, a New Guinea tone language". Papers in New Guinea Linguistics 20 (Pacific Linguistics, Series A, No. 56): 77-109.

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