All vowel sequences are pure, i.e. none of them diphthongize. A sequence of a + i, for example, is pronounced as two distinct vowels, and thus two distinct syllables. So the word aipja is made up of three syllables: a.i.pja.
Possible word-final consonants are limited to -t, -l, -s, -m, -n.
Initial consonants cluster are limited to sp-, sm-, sn-, st-, except j can follow any consonant except h to form a syllable onset.
CVCV is a typical syllabic structure, as well as CVCCV and CVC.
Sequences of double vowels are considered two occurrences of the same vowel, not a phonemically special vowel of their own.
- ‘globe; absolve’
- ‘white water bird’