Language name: KWAIO
UPSID number: 2433
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Austro-Tai, East Malayo-Polynesian
This language has 21 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.398162813 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: t ? mb nd Ng NgW P x xW s m n N NW l w i "e a "o u
Comment: Kwaio is spoken in the central mountains on Malaita, Solomon Islands. Stress is usually penultimate. Labialized velars only contrast before unrounded vowels. /l/ is an alveolar flap before high vowels. /w/ only occurs morpheme-initially and is in almost complementary distribution with the labialized velar nasal.
Source(s): Keesing, R.M. 1985. Kwaio Grammar. Pacific Linguistics series B, no. 88. Department of Linguistics Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.

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