Language name: ITELMEN
UPSID number: 2710
Alternate name(s): KAMCHADAL
Classification: Chukchi-Kamchatkan
This language has 32 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.292890798 (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 ? p' "t' k' q' tS "ts' P x X B jF gF "s "z hlFJ lFJ m "n "nJ N "r l i "e a+ "o u
Comment: Itelmen is spoken by some older speakers on the west coast of the Kamchatka peninsula, USSR. Volodin (1976) describes a limited vowel harmony system based on height, /i,u/ -> /e,o/ and /e/ -> /a/ when a low(er) vowel follows. Glottal stop is largely found at morpheme boundaries. Several phonetic descriptions are vague; /a/ may be central or front, the lateral fricatives might not be actually fricative, the alveolar ejective affricate might be be palato-alveolar (it is described as contrasting with /tS/ by being non-palatalized).
Source(s): Volodin, A.P. 1976. Itel'menskij Jazyk. Nauka, Leningrad.

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