The vowel inventory of the Kufo language

Shubo Li

Thursday, December 15th, 2022, 12pm – 12.30pm


The linguistic diversity of East Africa is well-known, but understandings of the languages in some regions, such as the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, remain limited. Based on phonological evidence and acoustic phonetic data, this paper presents a preliminary description of the vowel inventory of Kufo, a Kadu language. Vowel contrasts based on both quality (including an Advanced Tongue Root distinction) and length have been previously proposed for Kufo, and the evidence for these is examined via measurements of first and second formant frequencies and duration.