Datapoint Pidgin Hawaiian/iː - long high front unrounded vowel

Vowel length is phonemic in the lexifier but was likely lost to an unknown extent in the pidgin (written sources also do not mark vowel length), as orthographic evidence shows that diphthongs were also often reduced. The transcription of Tomas Quihano's speech, on the other hand, marks long vowels in many instances, including pi mai where the loss of the glottal stop (<pi'i) produced a long vowel in the first syllable.


Exists only as a minor allophone

Example 71-231:
pi mai