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Jebero (Chebero, Xebero, Xihuila) is a moribund Amazonian language spoken by the Jebero people of Peru. It is spoken by only a small number of older adults and belongs to the Cahuapanan family together with Chayahuita.
/i/ varies between close front unrounded [, near-close front unrounded i] [ and close-mid front unrounded i̞] [. e]
/u/ varies between near-close near-front rounded [ and close-mid back weakly rounded ʊ] [, with the latter realization being the most usual. o̜]
/ɘ/ varies between mid near-front unrounded [ and close-mid central unrounded ɛ̽] [.
/ɘ/ is shorter than the other vowels, particularly between voiceless consonants. The sequence /ɘn/ is sometimes realized as a syllabic [n̩]. /a/ varies between open central unrounded [ and near-open retracted front ä] [. The vowel chart in æ̠] Valenzuela & Gussenhoven (2013) puts /a/ in the near-open central position [.
ɐ] In closed syllables, /a/ is realized as open-mid central unrounded [. ɜ]
/m, p/ are bilabial, whereas /w/ is labialized velar.
/tʃ/ is an affricate, rather than a plosive. It has nevertheless been placed in the table in that manner to save space.
/n, t, ð, l/ are laminal denti-alveolar [.
n̪, t̪, ð̪, l̪] In the syllable
coda, /n/ is realized with a wider contact, maximally dentoalveolo-velar [n̪͡ŋ]. After
/u, a/, the denti-alveolar contact is often not made, which makes /n/ sound more like a velar nasal [. ŋ] /ð/ may sometimes sound as if it were a lateral consonant, but it is never realized as lateral.
/ɲ, ʎ/ are dentoalveolo-palatal [.
ɲ̪, ʎ̪] /ʎ/ is sometimes realized as a weak fricative [. ʎ̪˔]
/h/ occurs only in the affirmative interjection [ahã].
/r/ is realized as a flap [ in the syllable onset and as a trill ɾ] [ in the syllable coda. r] /ˀr/ is a glottalized flap [. Intervocalically, it is realized as a sequence ˀɾ] [ɾʔ].
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