Vocalo-sonorant quotient in world languages

Yuri Tambovtsev yutamb at MAIL.RU
Thu Nov 6 20:18:13 UTC 2008

Dear LinguistList members, Our corpora of 158 languages showed the most vocalo-sonarant languages.
Vocalo-sonorant quotient is the total of the vowels and sonorant consonants in the sound speech chain. We obtaine the data on 158 world languages. 
Vocalo-sonorant quotient turned out to be bigger in the following language taxa: Sino-Tibetan family (Burmese - 75.67%), Bantu (Swahili - 76.29%), Afro-Asian family (Neo-Aramaic- 81.47%), Austronesian family (Hawaiian- 83.29%), languages of Australian aboriginals- Nungubuyu- 85.14%). It means that 85.14% of the Nungubuyu speech sound chain consists of vowels and sonorant consonants. Yuri Tambovtsev, Novosibirsk, Russia yutamb at mail.ru
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