Language name: KALA LAGAW YA
UPSID number: 8365
Alternate name(s): MABUIAG, WESTERN TORRES STRAITS
Classification: Australian, Pama-Nyungan
This language has 24 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.510994087 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: b p g k m N w j i "e a "o u "@ tD t dD d s z n n_ r l
Comment: Kala Lagaw Ya is spoken in the western Torres Straits Islands, north of Cape York, Australia. Vowel sequences ending with /i/ or /u/ are said to be single syllabic peaks but to be two segments (Kennedy 1981).
Source(s): Kennedy, R.J. 1981. Phonology of Kala Lagaw Ya in Saibai dialect. Work Papers of SIL-AAB (Summer Institute of Linguistics -- Australian Aborigines Branch, Darwin). Series A, 5: 103-137.
Wurm, S.A. 1972. Languages of Australia and Tasmania. Mouton, The Hague.

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