Re: The most common sounds (Was: Re: backwards conlanging)
|From:||Mario Bonassin <zebuleon@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 28, 2000, 8:13|
"H. S. Teoh" wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 27, 2000 at 10:16:29PM -0500, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> > I have a stupid boring /i/ /e/ /a/ /o/ /u/ vowel system, with two
> > diphthongs. I guess I'll have to figure out something more complicated
> > that could've simplified down to the 5-vowel system.
> 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:
> [a] [i] [o] [u]
> [ai] (or [aj]) [au]
> [j] [w]
> [b] [d] [t] [k]
> [h] [s]
> It seems to me that usually what makes a language's phonetic inventory
> unique is the different set of fricatives/approximants/trills employed.
> Seems that languages diverge more on those sounds than on the simpler
> stops and unrounded vowels.
Not to sure if this connects to well to sounds, but here is the order of
frequency of a couple of languages, which may give you an idea about the
commonality of the various sounds.
I also have the most common digraphs and trigraphs for these and info on
Italian and Spanish
This comes form cryptography so like I said it might not be useful.