'Beli language

’Bëlï
Jur ’Bëlï
Native toSouth Sudan
Native speakers
65,000 (2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3blm
Glottologbeli1257[2]

’Bëlï, or Jur ’Bëlï, is a Central Sudanic language spoken by the Beli and Sopi people of South Sudan.

Phonology[]

Consonants[]

Stirtz (2014) lists the following consonant phonemes:[3]

Labial Dental Palatal Velar Labiovelar Glottal
Voiceless plosives p c k k͡p
Voiced plosives b ɟ g g͡b
Implosives ɓ ɗ ʄ
Prenasalised plosives mb n nɟ ŋg ŋ͡mg͡b
Nasals m n ɲ ŋ ŋ͡m
Fricative h
Approximates ɾ, l j w

Vowels[]

According to Stirtz (2014),[3] ’Bëlï has nine vowel phonemes that can be divided into [+/- ATR] sets. The vowel [ə] is an allophone that does not occur in roots without other [+ATR] vowels:

[-ATR] [+ATR]
ɪ i
ʊ u
ɛ e
ɔ o
a (ə)

References[]

  1. ^ ’Bëlï at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Beli (Sudan)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Stirtz, Timothy M. 2014. 'Bëlï Phonology, Tone and Orthography. (SIL Electronic Working Papers 2014-002.) SIL International. 34pp.