|This language has||43 segments|
|Its Frequency index is||0.267931728 (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 q ph "th kh qh mp "nt Nk "ts cC, "tsh cC,h "nts ncC, f x h v "s C, "z z, m "n nj N "l i w "e a a_) "o u ei ai au @u @uu "@.|
|Comment:||Gelao is spoken in Anshun Zhuangu and Bijie Zhuanqu, Gwizhou China. There are 6 tones, transcribed 55, 44 or 43, 33, 24, 13 and 31 on the Chinese 5-point scale. Initial consonants in low toned syllables (31, 13) have breathy voicing. Voiceless aspirates only occur with non-low tones.|
|Source(s):||He Jiashan. 1983. Gelaoyu jianzhi. (Brief guide to Gelao language). Minzu Chubanshe.
He Jiashan. 1981. Gelaoyu Gaikuang (A Brief Description of the Gelao Language). Minzu Yuwen, 1981.4, 67-76.