Language name: CHAM
UPSID number: 2411
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Austro-Tai, West Malayo-Polynesian
This language has 32 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.405695676 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p ph c ch k kh ? m nj N h w j i e E a O o u i_ "@ S t th b* d* n r[ l i@ u@
Comment: Cham is spoken mostly in Kampuchea but there are several speakers in Vietnam. Retroflex stops and fricatives occur and are interpreted by Blood (1967) as clusters of alveolars with /r/ even though the main allophone of /r/ is an alveolar flap. However, other obstruents occur in clusters with /r/ and there is a gap for /tr/ etc. Laryngealized /b,d/ vary with plain voiced [b,d]. Cham has a two-level tone system.
Source(s): Blood, D.L. 1967. Phonological units in Cham. Anthropological Linguistics 9: 15-32.

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