Plattdüütsch Phonology

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IPA Description word
i~iː Close front unrounded vowel hier
ɪ Near-close near-front unrounded vowel Kind
ɛ Open-mid front unrounded vowel fern
ɑ Open back unrounded vowel daal
ɔ Half-open back rounded vowel Bott
o Half-closed back rounded vowel Foorm
ʊ Near-close near-back rounded vowel smuck
u~uː Closed back rounded vowel Buuk
y Close front rounded vowel Hüüs
ɐ Near-open central vowel Lehrer
a~aː Open-mid central unrounded vowel Barg
ə Schwa vele
e Close front unrounded vowel Deel


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Since there is no standard Low German, there is no standard Low German consonant system. The table shows the consonant system of North Saxon, a West Low Saxon dialect.[1]

  Labial Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal-Velar Glottal
Plosive p  b t  d   k  ɡ  
Fricative f  v s  z ʃ x  ɣ h
Nasal m n   ŋ  
Approximant   r l    


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  1. R.E. Keller, German Dialects. Phonology and Morphology, Manchester 1960
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