Nungubuyu speech sound chain has the maximum

Claire Bowern clairebowern at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 8 06:40:49 UTC 2008

Given that the language name is Nunggubuyu, not Nungubuyu, maybe this 
remarkable result was in part obtained by arbitrary deletion of certain 
stop consonants?

Yuri Tambovtsev wrote:
> Dear Corpora 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

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