Language name: KPELLE
UPSID number: 4103
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Niger-Kordofanian, Mande
This language has 34 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.382744229 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p b t d k g kW kp gb f v s z b< l j gF gW r[ i i~ I E E~ a a~ O~ u u~ U O m n N
Comment: Voiced plosives and fricatives can be morphophonemically derived (in initial position following a low-toned nasal, which deletes). Kpelle has three surface level tones.
Source(s): Hyman, L.M. 1973. Notes on the history of Southwestern Mande. Studies in African Linguistics 4: 183-96.
Welmers, W.E. 1962. The phonology of Kpelle. Journal of African Languages 1: 69-93.
Welmers, W.E. 1973. African Language Structures. University of California Press, Berkeley.

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