Language name: SAAMI
UPSID number: 2155
Alternate name(s): LAPPISH
Classification: Ural-Altaic, Finno-Ugric, Finnic
This language has 45 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.291648189 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p b "t "d k g "ts tS m "n nj N f "s h S "l "r BA j i "e a "o u i_ pJ "tJ kJ bJ "dJ gJ "tsJ "dz "dzJ dZ fJ "sJ hJ mJ "nJ NJ "rJ "lJ BAJ
Comment: There are complex interrelations between vowels and consonants. Long and diphthongal realizations of vowels appear to be predictable if palatalization of consonants is taken as distinctive. Consonants can appear geminate and in many clusters, particularly with /h/. The Southern dialect described by Hassselbrink (1965) has been interpreted in the light of the more phonetically detailed but less phonological description of an Eastern dialect by Kert (1971).
Source(s): Hasselbrink, G. 1965. Alternative Analyses of the Phonemic System in Central-South Lappish (Indiana University Publications, Uralic and Altaic Series 49). Indiana University, Bloomington.
Kert, G.M. 1971. Saamskij Jazyk (Kiljdinskij Dialekt): Fonetika, Morfologija, Sintaksis. Nauka, Leningrad.

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