Nemi language

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Nemi
Native to Hienghène, New Caledonia
Native speakers
910 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nem
Glottolog nemi1240[2]

The Nemi language is a Kanak language spoken by 320 people in the north of New Caledonia, in the commune of Hienghène.

Sample audio of spoken Nemi (intro and last part are French)





Phonology[edit]

Nemi features labiovelarized plosives and voiceless nasals[3].

Consonants Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Bilabial Labiovelar
Stops Tenuis p pʷˠ t c k
Aspirated pʷˠʰ
Nasalized Stops Prenasalized ᵐp ᵐpʷˠ ⁿt ᶮc ᵑk
Postnasalized pᵐ pʷˠᵐ tⁿ cᶮ kᵑ
Nasals Voiced m mʷˠ n ɲ ŋ
Voiceless m̥ʷˠ ɲ̥ ŋ̥
Continuants Voiced f w (l) j h
Voiceless v
Nasal w̃ w̥̃

Vowels in Nemi have a two way length distinction.

Vowels Front Middle Back
High i u
Middle e o
Low a

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nemi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nemi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Rivierre, Françoise. 1975. Phonologie du némi (Nouvelle-Calédonie) et notes sur les consonnes postnasalisées. Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris 70. 345-356.

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