Páez

Language code
pbb
Location
2°24'18"N 76°36'29"W
Family
Isolate
ConsonantsBilabialAlveolarPalatalVelar
Aspirated stop/affricatetʰ tʲʰ tsʰ tsʲʰ
Plain stop/affricatep pʲt tʲ ts tsʲk kʲ
Prenasalized stopmp mpʲ mɸʲnt ntʲ ns nsʲŋk
Fricativeɸʲs sʲx xʲ
Nasalmnʰ n nʲ
Approximantjw
Laterall lʲ
VowelsFrontCentralBack
Highi ĩ ḭ ḭ̃ i: ĩ:u ũ ṵ ṵ̃ u: ũ:
Mide ẽ ḛ ḛ̃ e: ẽ:
Lowa ã a̰ ã̰ a: ã:
Suprasegmental
None
Bibliography

Rojas Curieux, Tulio Enrique. 1998. La lengua páez: una visión de su gramática. Colombia: Ministerio de Cultura.

Jung, Ingrid. 2008. Gramática del páez o nasa yuwe: Descripción de una lengua indígena de Colombia. München: LINCOM Europe.

Notes

Jung (2008: 37) analyzes vowel length as phonemic, commenting that it may not be phonemic in all dialects. Rojas Curieux (1998: 78-79) notes a few instances of long vowels but does not analyze vowel length as phonemic. The aspirated vowels of Rojas Curieux (1998) correspond in at least a few words to a vowel followed by the fricative /x/ in Jung (2008). Aspirated vowels are therefore not included in the phoneme inventory here.