Language name: SAMA
UPSID number: 2412
Alternate name(s): BAJO, BAJAU
Classification: Austro-Tai, West Malayo-Polynesian
This language has 32 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.416297118 (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 ? mp "nt Nk b "d g mb tS ntS dZ ndZ h "s "ns m "n nj N "r "l j w i "e a "o u "@
Comment: Sama is spoken in the Capul Island near San Bernadino Strait, northwest Samar in the phillipines. All vowels except schwa occur long and short and all consonants except /h/ and /?/ may appear geminate. Long vowels do not occur before geminates. Since prenasalized consonants can be geminated and permit a long vowel to precede they are treated as single consonants. Verheijen's final diphthongs /ai,au/ are interpreted as /aj,aw/.
Source(s): Verheijen, J.A.J. 1986. The Sama/Bajau Language in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Pacific Linguistics, Series D, No. 70. Materials in Languages of Indonesia, No. 32, series editor W.A.L Stokhof. Australian National University, Canberra.

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