Phonological Inventory Edit
Kuraŋo's phonological inventory is defined by the constraints of its orthography.
|Stop||p b||t d||k g||ʔ|
|Fricative||ɸ β||s z||x ɣ|
|Sonorant||ⱱ ~ w||ɾ ~ ɹ||ɰ ~ j|
With the exception of the glottal stop, Kuraŋo features a three-way contrast in place, a two-way contrast in modality, and a four-way contrast in manner.
ⱱ ~ w Edit
ɾ ~ ɹ Edit
ɰ ~ j Edit
It is generally accepted that [ɰ ~ j] is underlyingly /ɰ/. However, it palatalizes to [j] before /i/.
|Low||u||o ~ ɔ|
Kuraŋo vowels contrast in two features: front-unround and back-round.
actually decide if u want vowel length contrast
o ~ ɔ Edit
Syllable Structure Edit
Kuraŋo's syllable structure is also constrained by its orthography, but to a lesser degree. Basically, there are two acceptable syllable patterns: CV and CVV. Orthographically, it may look like V/VV are possible syllables, but a glottal stop is epenthesized before syllables that orthographically begin with a vowel, making these syllables CV/CVV instead.