Sáliba Phonology

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Ms. Nancy Morse, Dr. Gary Simons, and Dr. Paul Frank.


Sáliba has 22 phonetic vowels, not including prenasalized variants that typically occur when a phonemically nasal vowel precedes them. There is a voicing distinction only in plosives and affricates, which boast up to six places of articulation.

Sáliba Consonant Chart

Bilabial Alveolar Alveo-palatal Velar Labio-velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d ʧ ʤ k g kw gw ʔ
Fricative ɸ s x h
Nasals m n ɲ
Laterals l
Rhotics ɾ r
Glides wl


Sáliba has ten phonemic vowels evenly distributed within the vowel chart. Each place of articulation has a nasal and non-nasal pair.

Sáliba Vowel Chart

Front Central Back
High i ĩ u ũ
Mid e o õ
Low a ã

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  1. Get Started: Summary of the Sáliba conversion
  2. Digitize Audio: Digitizing Audio page (Classroom)
  3. Digitize Images: Digitizing Images page (Classroom)
  4. Digitize Text: XML page (Classroom)
  5. Create Metadata: Metadata page (Classroom)
  6. Web Presentation: Stylesheets page (Classroom)

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