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1 below. For each phoneme, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbol is shown on the left, and its orthographic representation is shown in parentheses on the right. 1 Consonant phonemes and their allophones Stops are unreleased in word-final position, and released elsewhere. The trill /r/ is realized as a flap intervocalically. Nasals and the lateral segment are syllabic in word-initial position when they precede a consonant.

When the term of address differs from the kinship term, the term of address is shown in parentheses. 2) ella ‘husband’ endo ‘wife’ metoo ‘parent-in-law’ ayuwan ‘child-in-law’ bayaw ‘brother-in-law’ (only used by a male) langu’ ‘sister-in-law’ (when used by a male); ‘sibling-in-law’ (when used by a female) biras ‘co-sibling-in-law’ (the term used for spouse’s sibling’s spouse) Close family and friends are often called by their nicknames, except when the addressee is at least a generation older than the speaker.

WC Bajau has an applicative suffix (-an1) which promotes a variety of oblique argument types to undergoer status, and this suffix can co-occur with the actor voice prefix (N-). 2 WC Bajau and other languages of Borneo Given WC Bajau’s status as an Indonesian-type language, we might ask how it compares with other Bornean languages. As mentioned above, most of Sabah’s indigenous languages have been grouped with the Philippine type. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that WC Bajau differs markedly from the Sabahan languages with regard to several morphosyntactic features.

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