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NATLANG: o_0? re: consonant clusters

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Sunday, December 8, 2002, 8:04
    I am curious as to which consonant clusters are:
        1.) almost universally easy to pronounce...
        2.) the most "favoured" amongst surveyed NatLangs.

    From Richard K. Harrison's essay, _Proposed Guidelines for the Design of
Optimal International Auxiliary Language_, (9th draft. Revised 2001.02.08):

 "Linguists have varying opinions as to which consonant clusters are easy for
most humans to pronounce, but many consider the following guideline
acceptable: A syllable may begin with a vowel, or with any single consonant,
or with a consonant followed by a semi-vowel or a liquid (w, y, l). A
syllable may end in a vowel or diphthong, or a nasal consonant (such as n)."

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