The statementseldin raigmore wrote:Well, don't we already have a conlang with only two consonant phonemes and only two vowel phonemes and all syllables CV?Darvince wrote:This is so ridiculous, at least three phonemes could potentially support a language! And this has syllables yet only two phonemes? You're mad!
Can't remember what it's called, and my impression was that it also was a joke.
But if one allowed words of one to six syllables one could have a lexicon of ((4^7-1)/(4-1))-1 = (16383/3)-1 = 5460 different words in such a language.
More seriously, a phoneme inventory of six consonants and two vowels is naturalistic/realistic:http://wals.info/chapter/1 wrote:Rotokas (West Bougainville; Papua New Guinea) has only six consonants.http://wals.info/chapter/2 wrote:There are 4 languages in the sample with only two contrasting vowel qualities; these are languages in which only the height of the vowel has any distinctive function according to at least one possible interpretation of their phonetic patterns. An example of this extreme is Yimas (Lower Sepik-Ramu; Papua New Guinea).
"Phoneme inventories with 6 consonants are naturalistic" and
"Phoneme inventories that can be interpreted as having 2 vowels if you look at them a certain way are naturalistic" (according to Wikipedia Yimas has 4 vowels, so it clearly depends on your phonemic analysis)
do not imply "Phoneme inventories with 6 consonants and 2 vowels are naturalistic".