Selayar or Selayarese is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 100,000 people on the island of Selayar in South Sulawesi province, Indonesia.
Vowels are lengthened when stressed and in an open syllable.
Nasalization extends from nasal consonants to the following vowels, continuing until blocked by an intonation break or a consonant other than a glottal stop:
- [lamẽãĩʔĩ ãːsu] "A dog urinated on him."
- [sassaʔ lamẽãĩʔĩ | ʔaːsu lataiːʔiʔi] "A lizard urinated on him, and a dog defecated on him."
Of the coronals, the voiceless stop is dental, while the others are alveolar.
- ^ Selayar at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Selayar". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- ^ Mithun & Basri (1986:210)
- ^ Mithun & Basri (1986): pp. 225–226.