Language name: MAASAI
UPSID number: 4204
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, East Sudanic
This language has 28 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.435223313 (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< dj< k g< tS S m nj N r[ i I e E a u U o O j w t d< s n hr l
Comment: Maasai has a vowel harmony system opposing i,e,a,o,u to the remaining vowels. There are two basic level tones.
Source(s): Tucker, A.N. and Bryan, M.A. 1966. Linguistic Analyses: the Non-Bantu Languages of North-Eastern Africa. Oxford University Press for International African Institute, London.
Tucker, A.N. and Mpaayei, J.T.O. 1955. A Maasai Grammar (Publications of the African Institute, Leyden, 2). Longmans, London.

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