Language name: WAHGI
UPSID number: 8628
Alternate name(s):
Classification: Papuan, Trans-New Guinea
This language has 23 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.418008291 (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 k mb nd Ng tDs ndDz hlF hLF m nD n N j w i I "e a O u hlDF
Comment: Wahgi is spoken in the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It is analyzed as having word-level high, low and rising tone patterns and also stress (Phillips 1976). The i/I contrast seems marginal and may depend on tone. Laterals do not occur word-initially and are voiceless fricatives or affricates finally; Phillips reports them as varying with voiced fricatives medially. Ladefoged, Cochran and Disner (1977) report voiced lateral approximants in medial position.
Source(s): Phillips, D.J. 1976. Wahgi Phonology and Morphology. Pacific Linguistics series B, no. 36.

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