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Re: Lots of phonemes (was Re: Umlaut (was: More questions))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, November 29, 2003, 8:12
Quoting Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>:

> Unless I have mis-counted, that's 304 consonants. However, that project > never went anywhere past this consonant inventory, but was ditched > immediately after. It was far too unwieldy, and if I had carried on, > I would have wound up not using the majority of those 304 phonemes > in any word.
Not using all the sounds one's endowed the phonology with can have interesting results; Tairezazh owes its i:>ei and u:>ou changes to me looking thru the lexicon (featuring a few dozen roots at the time), and realizing that no single word contained a long high vowel, but that the diphthongs ei and ou were quite common. The result seemed inevitable. Andreas