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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: > [snip] > > 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. > [snip] > > 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] > [l] > > 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. > > T >
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. English ETOANIRSHDLCWUMFYGPBVKXQJZ French ENASRIUTOLDCMPVFBGXHQYZJKW German ENRISTUDAHGLOCMBZFWKVPJQXY 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. Mario