Language name: TIWI
UPSID number: 8351
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Australian, Ungrouped
This language has 26 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.382056967 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p m tD nD t n k N l r.A j w gF a i O u t. n. l. mp ntD nt nt. Nk r[
Comment: Retroflex consonants (except the rhotic) do not occur initially. Lee (1984) suggests that labialization of consonants can be predicted from occurrence of the vowel /o/. Other analyses have proposed distinctive labialized bilabial and velar consonants.
Source(s): Osborne, C.R. 1974. The Tiwi Language (Australian Aboriginal Studies 55). Australian Institute for Aboriginal Studies, Canberra.
Lee, J.R. 1983. Tiwi Today: a study of language change in a contact situation. Ph.D. Dissertation, Australian National University, Canberra.
Lee, J.R. 1984. Changes in the roundedness feature in Tiwi. Australian Linguistics Society.

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