The Maldisian syllable structure is relatively simple, consisting of CV(R) or CV(N), where R is either <r> or <l> and N is any nasal.
Unusual in the Maldisian family, Black Maldisian has a relatively simple consonant inventory with no voicing contrast.
|m ||n ||ŋ|
|p b ||t d ||k g|
| ||s z |
| || || ||h|
| ||r |
| ||l |
The typical orthography for the consonants is /m n ŋ p b t d k g s z h r l/ <m n n p p d d k k s s h r l>.
Black Maldisian is relatively simple in its vowel inventory also, using an archetypical S4 vowel system:
The typical orthography for the vowels is /i u e ɑ/ <i u e a>. /ɔ/ = <o> may be introduced for certain loans.
Many words in Black Maldisian have a predictable penultimate (second-last syllable) stress accent, and are hence unmarked. Words that differ from this are generally marked with an acute accent.