Language name: VIETNAMESE
UPSID number: 2303
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Austro-Asiatic, Vietmuong
This language has 36 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.309559005 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: b< d< c k f v s z x gF m nj N ? h I e E UU U o( ^ O j w a 4 o uu^ u^ p tD tDh nD lD i^
Comment: Vietnamese is spoken primarily in Vietnam. Vietnamese (of Hanoi) has six tones distinguished by level, contour and laryngeal features. /p/ only occurs finally and can be analyzed as an allophone of implosive /b/, but no general rule that voiced initials pair with voiceless final stops can be formulated. Vowels in open syllables are followed by a consonantal offglide (/j/ after /i, e/ etc.). /j, w/ can follow most vowels, when no other consonant may appear, but some final consonants can follow the diphthongs with a low final element.
Source(s): Canh, N-p. 1974. A contribution to the phonological interpretation of the diphthongs in modern Vietnamese. Acta Universitatis Carolinae-Philologica. Phonetica Pregensia IV: 133-142.
Thompson, L.C. 1965. A Vietnamese Grammar. University of Washington Press, Seattle.

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