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Lab 2 - approximately 6 million people throughout the world...

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Jonathan Mahaffie LING 450 Lab 2 10 / 07 / 08 Lab 2 1. I would say two phonemes of the digraph atha, /ð/ and /ɵ/ are commonly shared by the least amount of the world’s languages. Greek possesses both of these consonantal phonemes. Greek is spoken by approximately 15-22 million people through out the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_language (couldn’t find a non-SOWL language with the aforementioned <th> phonemes) 2. I would say that /s/ is the most commonly shared phoneme throughout the world. Danish possesses the /s/ phoneme. Danish is spoken by
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Unformatted text preview: approximately 6 million people throughout the world, mostly in Denmark and northern parts of Germany. Non-SOWL language: Basque http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_language 3. Most of English’s consonants and consonantal phonemes are fairly common throughout the world, although /ð/ and /ɵ/ are rare. Most languages instead substitute /t/ for /ɵ/ and /z/ for /ð/. This would make pronunciation very difficult for non-english speakers as these two phonemes are very common in everyday language, even in the article “the.”...
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