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Afaan Oromo: Sounds And Orthography


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Sounds And Orthography

Consonant And Vowel Phonemes


+ Consonants
Bilabial/
Labiodental
Alveolar/
Retroflex
Palato-alveolar/
Palatal
Velar Glottal
Stops and
affricates
Voiceless
Voiced
Ejective
Implosive
Fricatives Voiceless
Voiced
Nasals
Approximants

+Vowels
Front Central Back
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Mid

Tone And Stress

Only the penultimate or final syllable of a root can have a high tone, and if the penultimate is high, the final must also be high; this implies that Oromo has a pitch-accent system in which the tone need be specified only on one syllable, the others being predictable rather than a tone system in which each syllable must have its tone specified, although the rules are complex each morpheme can contribute its own tone pattern to the word, so that "one can call Oromo a pitch-accent system in terms of the basic lexical representation of pitch, and a tone system in terms of its surface realization." The stressed syllable is perceived as the first syllable of a word with high pitch.


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