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Meanings and phrases
- Both the glottal stop ⟨ʼ⟩ and long vowels (e.g.
- Bade and Ngizim have long vowels in closed syllables.
- (Hawaiian Braille uses the same convention for its long vowels.)
- Additionally, short vowels can also be voiceless.
- Long and short vowels (but not schwa) contrast.
- Unstressed short vowels, especially , are deleted in many contexts.
- There are five nasal vowels, also long and short: .
- Ligbi has seven oral and seven nasal vowels.
- The nasal vowels are represented by the vowel plus , or .
- The mid front vowels are lower when short than long: .
- The close front vowels usually use the consonant י "y" as a mater lectionis.
- is generally high-tongued after front vowels, and is slightly lowered elsewhere.
- In the northern part of Southern Jutland, these sounds are voiced fricatives between vowels, i.e.
- The equal distribution between vowels and consonants has been used as an argument against the non-lexical interpretation.
- Similarly, "t" between vowels is pronounced as in English "thin", and "p" in the same position is the bilabial fricative .