Shipibo has three attested dialects:
- Shipibo and Konibo (Conibo), which have merged
- Kapanawa of the Tapiche River, which is obsolescent
Extinct Xipináwa (Shipinawa) is thought to have been a dialect as well, but there is no linguistic data.
|Close||i ĩ ⟨i⟩||ɯ ɯ̃ ⟨e⟩|
|Mid||o õ ⟨o⟩|
|Open||a ã ⟨a⟩|
- /i/ and /o/ are lower than their cardinal counterparts (in addition to being more front in the latter case): [i̞], [o̽], /ɯ/ is more front than cardinal [ɯ]: [ɯ̟], whereas /a/ is more close and more central [ɐ] than cardinal [a]. The first three vowels tend to be somewhat more central in closed syllables, whereas /ɯ/ before coronal consonants (especially /n, t, s/) can be as central as [ɨ].
- In connected speech, two adjacent vowels may be realized as a rising diphthong.
- The oral vowels /i, ɯ, o, a/ are phonetically nasalized [ĩ, ɯ̃, õ, ã] after a nasal consonant, but the phonological behaviour of these allophones is different from the nasal vowel phonemes /ĩ, ɯ̃, õ, ã/.
- Oral vowels in syllables preceding syllables with nasal vowels are realized as nasal, but not when a consonant other than /w, j/ intervenes.
- The second one of the two adjacent unstressed vowels is often deleted.
- Unstressed vowels may be devoiced or even elided between two voiceless obstruents.
|Nasal||m ⟨m⟩||n ⟨n⟩|
|Plosive||p ⟨p⟩||t ⟨t⟩||k ⟨c/qu⟩|
|Affricate||ts ⟨ts⟩||tʃ ⟨ch⟩|
|Fricative||voiceless||s ⟨s⟩||ʂ ⟨s̈h⟩||ʃ ⟨sh⟩||h ⟨j⟩|
|Approximant||w ⟨hu⟩||ɻ ⟨r⟩||j ⟨y⟩|
- /m, p, β/ are bilabial, whereas /w/ is labialized velar.
- /β/ is most typically a fricative [β], but other realizations (such as an approximant [β̞], a stop [b] and an affricate [bβ]) also appear. The stop realization is most likely to appear in word-initial stressed syllables, whereas the approximant realization appears most often as onsets to non-initial unstressed syllables.
- /n, ts, s/ are alveolar [n, ts, s], whereas /t/ is dental [t̪].
- The /ʂ–ʃ/ distinction can be described as an apical–laminal one.
- /k/ is velar, whereas /j/ is palatal.
- Before nasal vowels, /w, j/ are nasalized [w̃, j̃] and may be even realized close to nasal stops [ŋʷ, ɲ].
- /w/ is realized as [w] before /a, ã/, as [ɥ] before /i, ĩ/ and as [ɰ] before /ɯ, ɯ̃/. It does not occur before /o, õ/.
- /ɻ/ is a very variable sound:
- Intervocalically, it is realized either as continuant, with or without weak frication ([ɻ] or [ʐ]).
- Sometimes (especially in the beginning of a stressed syllable) it can be realized as a postalveolar affricate [d̠͡z̠], or a stop-approximant sequence [d̠ɹ̠].
- It can also be realized as a postalveolar flap [ɾ̠].
- Shipibo-Conibo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
Tapiche Capanahua at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
- Fleck (2013), p. 18.
- Fleck (2013), p. 14.
- Valenzuela, Márquez Pinedo & Maddieson (2001), p. 282.
- Valenzuela, Márquez Pinedo & Maddieson (2001), pp. 282–283.
- Valenzuela, Márquez Pinedo & Maddieson (2001), p. 283.
- Valenzuela, Márquez Pinedo & Maddieson (2001), p. 281.
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- Loriot, James and Barbara E. Hollenbach. 1970. "Shipibo paragraph structure." Foundations of Language 6: 43–66. (This was the seminal Discourse Analysis paper taught at SIL in 1956–7.)
- Loriot, James, Erwin Lauriault, and Dwight Day, compilers. 1993. Diccionario shipibo - castellano. Serie Lingüística Peruana, 31. Lima: Ministerio de Educación and Instituto Lingüístico de Verano. 554 p. (Spanish zip-file available online http://www.sil.org/americas/peru/show_work.asp?id=928474530143&Lang=eng) This has a complete grammar published in English by SIL only available through SIL.
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