Native Phonetic Inventory: mende

These are the sounds found in most native mende dialects: There are also sounds not on the chart, shown below.

other sounds: labio-velar central approximant [w]; labio velar stops [kp, b]; nasalized [h]; alveolar and velar voiced stops are pre-nasalized; bilabial stop and postalveolar have pre-nasalized and non-pre-nasalized counterparts .

Adapted from: Ladefoged, P. (1964); Spears, R. (1967).