Language name: ANDOKE
UPSID number: 6851
Alternate name(s):
Classification: South American, Macro-Carib
This language has 26 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.305048610 (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 k ? b dD tS dZ P h rD i i_ u "e "@ "o 3 a+ a_) i~ "e~ "@~ "o~ a+~ a_~
Comment: Andoke is spoken in the upper Amazon basin in Colombia. Landaburu analyses it as a tone language with two level tones. Nasalized vowels occur word-initially, but elsewhere only after nasal consonants. Consequently nasals can be analyzed as allohpones of voiced stops. The sounds represented as palato-alveolar affricates here apparently vary considerably from (palatal) plosives, to (postalveolar) affricates, to [s] and [j] for voiceless and voiced cases respectively. Syllables may be closed by a glottal stop - Landaburu treats this as a feature of the vowels.
Source(s): Landaburu, J. 1979. La Langue des Andoke (Amazonie colombienne) Grammaire. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

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