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Insanely many phonemes (was Re: Tonal inflection?)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2008, 16:42

On Fri, 29 Aug 2008 18:13:18 -0400, John Vertical wrote:

> I tried constructing a "maximal" phoneme inventory a while ago, too. I had a > few thousand non-click consonants defined before abandoning the thought. > > The 144 labial stops, for example, were constructed as > {bilabial stop, labiodental affricate} * {plain, prenasalized} * {plain, > palatalized} * {plain, labialized} * {voiced, prevoiced, unvoiced} * {plain, > aspirated, glottalized}. A maximally horrendous example phoneme might be > /mbf_>_j_w/.
144 LABIAL STOPS!?! Jeepers Creepers! Not even Danny Wier would dare that in his best days :) This way, you could indeed come up with more than 1000 consonants, and implement Speedtalk with not-too-restricted set of roots. (An idea to pursue in X-3, my speedtalk-type engelang, though.) ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf