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Most common consonant cluster types cross-linguistically

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Saturday, August 16, 2008, 12:47
Is there any comparative data available on what are the most
common kinds of consonant cluster across different languages?
E.g., my impression is that nasal + nasal and plosive + plosive
onset clusters as in Greek (mnemo, ptera, etc) are rarer than
clusters that mix different manners of articulation, like fricative + plosive
or plosive + fricative; but how much has this been quantified?
A Google search for "most common consonant clusters" didn't
turn up anything precisely relevant.  The closest fit
was this CONLANG message from 2002 by Christophe Grandsire,

helpful, but not as quantitative as I'd like.

Jim Henry
Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before
I analyze the results and write the article


Benct Philip Jonsson <melroch@...>