Datapoint Bislama/Syllable onsets

Complex onsets are not favoured by speakers from some areas: they will use an epenthetic vowel to break up clusters, e.g. spun 'spoon' > sipun.

Values

Onsets may be complex

Example 23-181:
splin blong hem stap foldaon oltaem
splin
spleen
blong
poss
hem
3sg
stap
stay
foldaon
fall.down
oltaem
always
He keeps getting hernias (lit. His spleen always falls down).

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-182:
oli kwik blong kakae
oli
agr
kwik
quick
blong
purp
kakae
eat
[They] eat quickly.

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Example 23-183:
yu no luk hem longwe long haos?
yu
2sg
no
neg
luk
look
hem
3sg
longwe
there
long
loc
haos?
house
Didn't you see him over at the house?

Source: Meyerhoff 1994-1995 field recordings

Confidence:
Very certain