Language name: BATS
UPSID number: 2604
Alternate name(s): BATSBIJ
Classification: Caucasian
This language has 45 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.238580931 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: ph tDh kh qh ? b dD g p' tD' k' q' tDsh tSh dDz dZ tDs' tS' P X H B RF sD S zD Z m j i E a_ o u i~ e~ a_~ o~ u~ hlF n r l 99 h
Comment: Bats is spoken in the Akhmetsk region of northern Georgia, USSR. Nasalized vowels only occur in a few inflectional endings but contrast with vowel + nasal. Desheriev (1953) also notes 3 long vowels but at least some examples are clearly just juxtapositions of two separate vowels. Similarly the diphthongs he reports seem to be a sequence of two adjacent vowels. Especially restricted are the "nasalized diphthongs" which all end in nasalized 'i' and occur only in inflectional endings.
Source(s): Desheriev, J.D. 1953. Batsbijskij Jazyk. Izdatel'stvo Akademii Nauk SSSR, Moscow.

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