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Gil Y. Ben-Or.
Advanced Phonology – Final Paper – Kinyarwanda
Kinyarwanda, also known as Rwanda/Rwandan.
Kinyarwanda is a tonal language which is the official language of all 3 ethnic groups living in Rwanda: Hutu, Tutsi & Twa. The language is spoken by about 12 million people.
|High||i, i:||u, u:|
|Mid||e, e:||o, o:|
Kinyarwanda is confined to the basic CV/VC structure.
The last vowel in the final utterance (End of the sentence) position is always partially/entirely voiceless. When in final word position, the last vowel is voiced.
Words can be distinguished by tone high/low when low tone is considered unmarked.
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