Tobati, or Yotafa, is an Austronesian language spoken in Jayapura Bay in Papua province, Indonesia. It was once thought to be a Papuan language.Notably, Tobati displays a very rare object–subject–verb word order.
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/f/ also shows allophony as [p]. However, it does not behave as a stop (see below).
Tobati has a five-vowel system of / a e i o u /, realized as / a ɛ i ɔ ʊ / in closed syllables.
Tobati permits three consonants in the onset, and at most a single consonant or a nasal-stop cluster in the coda.
Nasal-stop clusters only permit a nasal and a stop of the same Place of articulation. For the /nd/ sequence, /n/ becomes dental [ n̪ ]. Neither the bilabial, consisting of /b/ and the /f/ allophone [p], nor palatal nasal-stop clusters distinguish voice (i.e. they are [pm~bm] and [cɲ~d͡ʒɲ] respectively). The /Nk/ sequence voices to [ŋg].
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