Re: The most common sounds (Was: Re: backwards conlanging)
|From:||Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 28, 2000, 13:25|
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
I seem to recall Rick Morneau dealing with vowels in that same essay he
wrote on the most common sounds. The most common vowels are without a
doubt /i a u/. There are even reports of a few languages with just one
vowel /a/~/@/. That would probably make /a/ the most common vowel.
>On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, H. S. Teoh wrote:
>> Hmm, this gets me thinking... I wonder what are the most common sounds
>> that are found in almost every language? From the few languages that I
>> know, it seems that the following sounds are most common:
>Rick Morneau at http://www.srv.net/~ram/essays.html
has a table of common
>sounds and percentages. I've seen his site mentioned here before. It's
>good stuff; I just ignore all the IAL stuff since I don't really care.
>(Sorry, guys, but it's true.) Er--the table is consonants and not
>vowels. Anyone have a site or source for most common vowels?