The BG Language Creation Guide

Japanese Segment Inventory

NB: this is not meant as a thorough or exhaustive description of Japanese phonetics or phonology. The data are simplified for pedagogical purposes. Place, manner and voicing of consonants are not given here.


/p t k /
/b d g/
/ s z h/
/ m n r! j w/ 

/r!/ = a voiced flap


Japanese has contrastive vowel length: CF /obason/ 'aunt' /aba:san/ 'grandmother'

/i i:/
/e e:/
/a a:/
/u u:/
/o o:/

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Updated: 4/1/2010