||Austro-Tai, West Malayo-Polynesian
|This language has
|Its Frequency index is
||0.416297118 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
|The language has these sounds:
||Sama is spoken in the Capul Island near San Bernadino Strait, northwest Samar in the phillipines. All vowels except schwa occur long and short and all consonants except /h/ and /?/ may appear geminate. Long vowels do not occur before geminates. Since prenasalized consonants can be geminated and permit a long vowel to precede they are treated as single consonants. Verheijen's final diphthongs /ai,au/ are interpreted as /aj,aw/.
||Verheijen, J.A.J. 1986. The Sama/Bajau Language in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Pacific Linguistics, Series D, No. 70. Materials in Languages of Indonesia, No. 32, series editor W.A.L Stokhof. Australian National University, Canberra.