||South American, Macro-Carib
|This language has
|Its Frequency index is
||0.419261544 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
|The language has these sounds:
||Payne states that /p, m/ are often labialized [pw, mw] and /m, n/ are prenasalized stops before oral vowels. It is not clear if this means that [mbw] is normally found. On the assumption that prenasalization is optional the nasal segments are anayzed as nasal /m, n/. Yagua has basically a two-level tone system. Other analyses suggest the mid vowels might be derived from vowel coalescence, Payne describes these as phonemes with defective distribution.
||Payne, D.L. 1985. Aspects of the Grammar of Yagua: A Typological Perspective. PhD Dissertation, UCLA.