Language name: PARAUK
UPSID number: 2309
Alternate name(s): WA, PRAOK, KAWA, BURAOK
Classification: Austro-Asiatic, Palaungic
This language has 77 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.163705474 (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 bh "dh gh tS tSh dZ dZh f v vh S Z Zh m "n n_ N mh "nh n_h Nh "l l_ "lh l_h i e E a O o o( u uu ih eh Eh ah Oh oh o(h uh uuh iE ia iu au auu ai ua ui o(i uui Oi oi io iEh iah iuh auh auuh aih uah uih o(ih uuih Oih oih
Comment: Parawk is spoken in Shan state, Upper Salween River area in Burma and also in China. According to Qui et al (1980) in the Yanshi dialect of Parauk the lax (breathy) vowels and diphthongs may occur with aspirated or breathy consonants but plain vowels only occur with plain voiced and voiceless consonants. No clear data is available to determine the mono- or bisegmental nature of consonants.
Source(s): Diffloth, G. 1980. The Wa Languages. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, vol. 5, no. 2.
Maddieson, I., Ladefoged, P. 1985. "Tense" and "lax" in four minority languages of China. Journal of Phonetics 13:433-454.
Qiu Efeng, Li Daoyong, Nie Xizhen. 1980. Wayu gaikuang (A brief description of the Va/Wa language). Minzu Yuwen, 1 (Feb): 58-69.

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