|Classification:||Austro-Tai, West Malayo-Polynesian|
|This language has||23 segments|
|Its Frequency index is||0.533404030 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)|
|The language has these sounds:||p tD k b d g tS dZ v h s m n n_ N r l j w i u "@ a|
|Comment:||Southern Ivatan dialect. Ivatan is spoken on the islands of the Batanes province of the Philippines relatively close to Taiwan. The palato-alveolar segments historically derive from velars and are mostly still found before /i/ where velars do not occur. If an underlying /i/ is posited for the remaining cases these segments can be eliminated.|
|Source(s):||Cottle, M. and Cottle, S. 1958. The significant sounds of Ivatan. Studies in Philippine Linguistics, by members of the Summer Institute in Linguistics, University of Sydney. (Oceania Linguistic Monographs, no. 3)
Heye, J. and Hidalgo, C.A. 1967. An outline of Southern Ivatan phonology. General Linguistics 7/2: 105-120.
Hidalgo, C.A. and Hidalgo, A. 1971. A Tagmemic Grammar of Ivatan. Linguistic Society of the Philippines, Manila.