Language name: LAME
UPSID number: 4376
Alternate name(s): ZIME
Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic
This language has 38 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.361710818 (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 mb nd Ng ts dz ndz f h v hh s z hlF lF m n N r[ l j w i e a o u ai eo ao b* d*
Comment: Lame is spoken in Benoue Department of Cameroon along the Chad border. Non-high vowels have a rounded schwa variant in initial syllables of some disyllables and reduplicated forms. Vowels are nasalized before velar nasal and the nasal is dropped in some forms. Sachnine (1982) suggests positing a series of nasalized vowels. There are 3 level tones, but strong dependence between initial consonants and tone in verbal forms. Intervocalic voicing of obstruents is strongly influenced by initial voicing.
Source(s): Sachnine, M. 1982. Le Lame: Un parler zime du Nord-Cameroun (langue tchadique): Phonologie - Grammaire. Societe d'Etudes Linguistiques et Anthropologiques de France: Langues et Cultures Africaines, 1. With l'Agence de Cooperation Culturelle et Technique.

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