Wa Ñi language
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The Nichoh language is a Ngerupic dialect cluster spoken in the highland regions of Quaxin Xun.
Nichoh is part of the Tuŋñi subfamily of the Mañic languages. It shares with its sister language Ndxiixun palatalization of liquids, development of labiovelars from Cw clusters, and radical cluster simplification which co-occured with the development of ballistic syllables.
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Vowels may have three level tones: high, mid, or low, as well as a falling contour tone.
Nichoh has a (C)(C)(C)V(C) syllable structure. The consonants /w ɰ j ʔ h/ are permitted syllable-finally. A wide range of syllable initial clusters are allowed, such as zmą "ząm", jsè "four", and sñchu "kassod". Due to metathesis affecting the citation and present tense forms, they are especially common in verbs, such as ctza "to shout", tzpa "to cut", or xcha "to scream."