Datapoint Fanakalo/Syllable onsets

There is mostly CV structure for onsets. Books like Bold (1977) give homorganic nasals before consonants (e.g. ndoda 'young man''); but these probably only occur in the speech of Zulu speakers of the pidgin. Other speakers don't have a preceding homorganic nasal in such words.
One exception to CV onsets is with s + {p,t,k}, and occasional words with skw - e.g. skwam 'pocket' and str - e.g. streyit 'straight'. In other words, a tendency to reduce Zulu onsets to a simple CV structure is counterbalanced by words from English.

Values

Onsets may be complex

Example 61-122:

skwam
skwam
pocket
pocket

Example 61-123:

streyit
streyit
straight
straight OR: completely

Example 61-124:

majistret
majistret
magistrate
magistrate

Example 61-8:

Yena pikinin stelek.
Yena
it
pikinin
small
stelek.
strong
It is very little.

Source: Opperman 1967: Part 3, page 3

Confidence:
Certain