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Consonant phoneme frequency.

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Saturday, June 4, 2005, 3:53
Are there any good sources I could use for finding out
the approximate frequency of given consonant classes
in languages?

Y'see, what I'm trying to do is to make a realistic
lexicon that won't overuse one class of consonants. My
brain seems to 'favor' coronals, velars and complex
vowel clusters -- my personal 'cellar door'-type words
-- to the exclusion of labials and closed syllables
and such.

Eventually, every word begins to sound like [lwa:i]
and ["nai.ja] when I do it by the 'babble in random
syllables and write down what sounds nice' method :).

I want to come up with realistic frequencies for the
appearance of specific consonants, so I can use that
as a general guideline.

I've checked out two books on typology and universals,
one by Comrie and the other by someone else, whose
name I can't recall. They have written some things on
the markedness of phonemes, but I am looking for a
chart or something like that on how I can divide my
language's phonemic inventory by markedness.

Thank you.


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