> Phonology

1. Phonology

1.2. Vowels
1.3. Stress
1.4. Intonation

1.1. Consonants

Laefèvæšii has a rich collection of consonants, it has 33 consonants. Below is the IPA's table in which are represented the consonants of Laefèvëši.

In rows where some symbols appear in pairs, the symbol to the right represents a voiced consonant.

1.1.1. Pronunciation Nasals

The nasal consonants are [m], [ɱ], [ɲ] and [ŋ]. All nasals are voiced.

The nasal [ɱ] appears only before [f] and [v]; the nasal [ɲ] can stand alone or before [j] and diphthongs/triphthongs starting with [i]; the nasal [ŋ] can appear before [k], [g], [ɣ], [h], [v], [f], [θ], [s], [z], [ʃ], [ʒ] and [ɕ]. Plosives

There are 6 plosives, three are voiced [b], [d] and [g], and three are voiceless [p], [t] and [k].

The plosives [p] and [b] can be implosive after the nasal [m].
The plosives [k], [g] are palatalised [kʲ], [gʲ] before [e], [i]. The nasal [k] can also be aspirated [kʱ] before [j]. Affricatives

There are 5 affricatives, two voiced [ʣ] and [ʥ], and three voiceless [ʦ], [ʧ] and [ʨ].

The alveolo-palatal affrivcative [ʨ] is slightly aspirated [ʨʰ]. Fricatives

There are 12 fricatives, five voiced [v], [z], [ʒ], [ɣ] and [ʁ], and seven voiceless [f], [θ], [s], [ʃ], [ɕ], [x] and [h].

The alveolo-palatal fricative [ɕ] is palatalised.

The glottal fricative [h] becomes [x] before [e] and [i]. Approximants

The approximants are [ɹ], [j] and [w].

The velar approximant [w] is labialized. Tap or Flap

Tap or flap is only one consonant, that's alveolar tap/flap [ɾ]. Lateral Approximant

Only one consonant is a lateral approximant – [l].

It can be palatalised before [j] and diphthongs starting with [i].

1.1.2. Gemination

Almost all consonants can appear geminate.

Geminate cannot be: [
ɱ], [ɲ], [ŋ], [ʁ], [h], [j] and [w]. The uvular fricative [ʁ] can appear written as <ğğ>, but it's never pronounced as geminate. In word final and first position and before other consonants all geminate consonants are pronounced as short.