Language name: NERA
UPSID number: 4212
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Nilo-Saharan, East Sudanic
This language has 22 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.534468857 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: b f m w "t "d "s "n "r "l dZ S j k g N h i "e a "o u
Comment: All vowels also occur long, and gemination of consonants is distinctive. "At least two significant tones occur" (Thompson). Voiced prenasalized stops occur and velars also occur labialized. Thompson treats these as sequences but does not provide a reasoning. Bender (1968) notes that these are among a longer list of word-medial clusters.
Source(s): Bender, M.L. 1968. Analysis of a Barya word list. Anthropological Linguistics 10.9:1-24.
Thompson, E.D. 1976. Nera. In M.L. Bender (ed.), The Non-Semitic Languages of Ethiopia. African Studies Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing: 484-94.

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