Language name: BELLA COOLA
UPSID number: 6771
Alternate name(s):
Classification: North American, Almosan
This language has 31 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.256204849 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p tD c kW q qW ? p' tD' c' kW' q' qW' ts ts' "tlF' C xW X XW h "hlF s m nD "l j w I U a
Comment: Bella Coola is spoken by perhaps 75 remaining fluent speakers in Bella Coola on the central coast of British Columbia. Reduplication rules that copy a single consonant clarify that the ejectives and affricates listed are not clusters. High vowels alternate with /w,j/. Syllabic instances of /m,n,l/ (phonetically shwa before sonorant) are largely predictable from phonological and morphological context.
Source(s): Nater, H.F. 1984. The Bella Coola Language. National Museum of Man Mercury Series, Canadian Ethnology Service Paper No. 92. National Museums of Canada, Ottawa.
Newman, S. 1947. Bella Coola I: Phonology. International Journal of American Linguistics 13/3: 129-134.

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