Wounaan language

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Wounaan
Noanamá
Woun Meu
Native toPanama
EthnicityEmbera-Wounaan
Native speakers
10,800 (2007)[1]
Chocoan
  • Wounaan
Language codes
ISO 639-3noa
Glottologwoun1238[2]

The Wounaan language, a.k.a. Noanamá and Woun Meu, is a Chocoan language, with some 10,000 speakers on the border between Panama and Colombia.

Phonology[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Front Back
unrounded rounded
Close i ɯ u
Close-mid e ɤ o
Open a

All vowels have nasalized counterparts.[3]

Consonants[edit]

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
plain aspirated plain aspirated plain aspirated
Stop voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d g
Fricative s ç h
Nasal m n
Approximant j w
Trill r
Flap ɾ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wounaan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Woun Meu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "SAPhon – South American Phonological Inventories". linguistics.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-07-23.