Language name: NGARINJIN
UPSID number: 8374
Alternate name(s): UNGARINJIN
Classification: Australian, Wororan
This language has 24 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.383499630 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p t t. c k m n n. nj N r[ r l l. lj j w I i_ U E O a r.A
Comment: Ngarinjin is spoken in the Northern Kimberley Ranges of northern Western Australia. Coate and Elkin's description of sounds is often variable: the palatals are labeled "palato-dental" (except "alveolar" /j/) on the consonant chart but just as palatals when listed individually; /l/ is "alveolar" on the chart but "alveo-velar" in the list. Symbols for plosives suggest voiced segments, but they are defined as voiceless. Vowels apparently may appear long. A high central vowel is added to the five vowels given by Coates and Elkin on the basis of a remark that this vowel is heard in some words and is "differentiated by some linguists in Ngarinjin".
Source(s): Coates, Howard and A.P. Elkin. 1974. Ngarinjin - English Dictionary, vol. I. Oceania Linguistic Monograph, no. 16.

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