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>2007/8/6, John Vertical <[log in to unmask]>:
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>> (I think you mean "16 consonants")
>>
>
>He means phonemic consonants.

(snip too)

>I think you've misread: the top line is orthographical. Only the
>bottom line is phonetic transcription.
>
>Eugene

No, I think *you've* misread. There's FOUR lines, two of which are 
orthographical, two phonetic:

>     "pa fa ma va - te se ne re - &#269;i i i li - qu xu &#65533;?u wo"
>     "p f m v - t s n r - t  n r - k h &#65533;? w"
>
>     [pa fa ma Ba - te se ne 4e - cCi Si Ji Li - qu xu Nu wo]
>     [p6 f6 m6 B6 - t@ s@ n@ 4@ - tI SI nI 4I - kU hU NU wU]

If we wanted to analyze these 32 syllables as having only two vowel 
phonemes, the required number of consonant phonemes is definitly 16.

John Vertical