Language name: ISOKO
UPSID number: 4147
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Niger-Kordofanian, Kwa
This language has 37 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.366333074 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p tD t k b dD d g gb p< f h v gF gFW vh s z m nD n NW r[ r l BA rA j i I e E a O o U u
Comment: Uzere dialect. Isoko is spoken around the town of Oleh in Bendel State, Nigeria. Isoko has two level tones; final L is raised in affirmative declaratives. The vowels /i,e,o,u/ belong to one harmony set (+ATR) in opposition to the remainder. A word must have vowels from one set or the other, except that /a/ may appear in prefixes before [+ATR] vowels. Clusters with the flap occur, including h + flap r which has been interpreted as a voiceless flap by others. Breathy voiced 'v' is tending to lose its distinctive phonation and merge with /v/.
Source(s): Donwa, S.O. 1982. The Sound System of Isoko. PhD Thesis, University of Ibadan.

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