|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.