The /ɛ/ sound in Nkwen Language
bὲ’ὲtә̀ → flash light
/ɛ/ is one of the vowel sounds in Nkwen Language. It is an open mid sound different from the /e/ which is a close-mid sound. It mostly surfaced at the medial and final positions in words. Here are some of the words and a short reading exercise below.
M̀bὲrә → blackberries
m̀bὲrә̂ → a lazy one
m̀benә̀ → a fight
fὲrә̀ → wind
fὲtә̂ → separate a fight
ǝ̀lὲrә̀ → a twine
bὲ’ὲtә̀ → flashlight
àbεrә̀ → a traditional chair
bεtә → to quench
àkwε̌ → a bone
àkwὲˀὲ →upper part of the leg (thigh)
nǝ̀kùwe – a pilar
Àmbε bǝ̌ m̀bὲrә̂. À koŋә tyә mbenә susu. A ghә ǹtsὲˀε mbὲrә̀ ma fὲrә̀ chya ǹkùtә̂. À bә bεntә bu su jyә. À koŋә àfàˀà bәbὲrә susu. Nǝ̀kùwe nǝ ndyâ zhi zǝtsǝ bǝ’ǝnǝ, a kakǝ nyesǝ̀.
Ambe is a lazy one. He likes to fight a lot. He has picked up some blackberries plucked by the wind to prepare and eat. He likes being lazy. One of the pillars of his house is broken and he has not mended it.
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