Language name: NUBIAN
UPSID number: 4206
Alternate name(s): NOBIIN, MAHAS
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, East Sudanic
This language has 21 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.491605955 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: b m k g dZ f S nj "l h i "e a "o u tD dD nD s r tS
Comment: All vowels also occur long. The affricate tS almost always occurs geminated, and might be treated as the geminate counterpart of dZ which is never geminate. Bell (1970) suggests a two level tone system for Nobiin.
Source(s): Bell, H. 1968. The tone system of Mahas Nubian, Journal of African Languages, 7/1: 26-32.
Bell, H. 1971. The phonology of Nobiin Nubian. African Language Review 9: 115-39.
Stevenson, R.C. 1957. A survey of the phonetics and grammatical structure of the Nuba mountain languages IV. Afrika und Ubersee 41: 27-65.

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