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==== Consonants ====
The consonant inventory comprises 18 phonemes (ᵐb, t, ⁿd, k, ᵑɡ, kʷ, ᵑɡʷ, m, n, ŋ, ɸ, ʦ, ⁿʣ, ð, s, r, w, j). The system consists of a series of obstruents (oral and prenasalized plosives and affricates), fricatives, nasals and semivowels. Consonants occurring only in loanwords are: b, g, d, l.<ref name="Döhler 2018">{{harvnb|Döhler|2018}}</ref>
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==== Vowels ====
The vowel inventory consists of eight phonemes (i, e, æ, a, ʏ, ø, u, o) and one epenthetic vowel (ə̯).<ref name="Döhler 2018"/>
==== Epenthesis ====
Komnzo phonology exhibits widespread vowel epenthesis. The epenthetic vowel is usually a short schwa (ə̯), sometimes a short high front or high back vowel. Many syllables and many words in Komnzo lack a specified vowel, e.g. ''mnz'' 'house' [mə̯nts] or ''gwth'' 'nest' [ᵑɡʷə̯θ].
==== Orthography ====
In the tables above, graphemes are indicated by &lt;angle brackets&gt;. The current orthography of Komnzo does not represent the epenthetic vowel because it can be predicted by the rules of syllabification. This leads to orthographic representations which untrained users might find hard to pronounce, for example: ''zfth'' 'reason' is pronounced [tsə̯ɸə̯θ] or ''fta'' '36' is pronounced [ɸə̯ta].