Language name: KERA
UPSID number: 4371
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic
This language has 30 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.482779010 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p t k ? b d g b* d* tS dZ f h s z m n N r l j w i u "@ E O a v nj
Comment: In open syllables there is a contrast between long and short vowels. Ebert notes ten words with nasalized vowels. We have interpreted these as having a palatal nasal -- medially this varies with nasalized /j/, finally it is lost leaving a nasalized vowel. Kera has 3 level tones and glides composed of their combination. There is a strong interrelationship between tone level and obstruent consonant voicing (laryngealized stops go with voiceless ones).
Source(s): Ebert, K.H. 1976. Sprache und Tradition der Kera (Tschad). Teil II: Lexikon. Berlin: Verlag von Dietrich Reimer.
Ebert, K.H. 1979. Sprache und Tradition der Kera; III: Grammatik. Verlag von Dietrich Reimer, Berlin.

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