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Re: The most common sounds (Was: Re: backwards conlanging)

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 28, 2000, 13:25
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

>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 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?
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. -kristian- 8)