18 consonant phonemes: [t] [ʈ] [ɖ] [k] [m] [n] [ŋ] [ɹ] [β] [ð] [ʃ] [z] [ʄ] [ɠ] [j] [ʜ] [l]
b-> /p/ when #__
[t]-> /d/ when _#_
[ɹ]->/r/ when #__
[ɹ] -> /l/ when _#V
That brings the total phone count up to 21 because /p/ /d/ and /r/ are not actual phonemes in Nab̞èdjø.
7 vowel phonemes: [i] [u] [ø] [ɤ] [o] [ə] [ɛ] [a]
[ø] -> /i/ when preceded by nasal or retroflex consonants ([ʈ] [ɖ] [m] [n] [ŋ])
All vowels are nasals when the follow those nasal or retroflex consonants.
Nab̞èdjø has hard and soft vowels. The hard vowels, if they occur before a soft vowel, causes the soft vowel to be silent. When two hard vowels are together, they both maintain their respective sounds.
When a soft vowel is before a hard sound, elision happens, and if there are two soft vowels together.
We also have neutrals. When a neutral is in a vowel pair, it is the only voiced vowel.
Vowels can either be alone, in pairs, or in groups of three. If there are three vowels together, the first two are pronounced as if the third is not there.
The Hard Vowels
The Soft Vowels
To simplify these rules:
HS = H
SH = Elision
HH = HH
SS = Elision
NH/HN = N
NS/HN = N
HHH = Pronounce the first 2 H only
HSH/HSS = Pronounce the 1st H only
SSS/SHS/SHH = Elision of the first 2 vowels