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Sound Level Analysis

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The phoneme inventory of Rabha consists of 18 consonants, 6 vowels with tonal contrast and a set of complex nuclei. The phoneme /c/ is a voiceless palatal affricate, phonetically [t∫]. The sound is analysed as a single phoneme along with the series of voiceless stops. The sound is aspirated when followed by a high toned vowel. This happens most characteristically in the initial position. For a neater analysis of the data with respect to complex nuclei, it is expedient to divide the relevant data into two parts: (i) core data consisting of native words only and (ii) peripheral data consisting of loan words.

Keywords: complex nuclei; phoneme; Rabha; sound level analysis



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