question about phonemes

Claire Bowern bowern at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Apr 2 18:56:06 UTC 2003

The largest inventories usually quoted are from San languages like Xoo and
!Kung. Clicks + accompaniments + vowels + phonation types + tones adds up
to well over a hundred (Xoo has something like 86 clicks if you count
click + accompaniment as one phoneme).


Claire Bowern
Department of Linguistics
Harvard University
305 Boylston Hall
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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