Jens Wilkinson wrote: > On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM, Jim Henry<[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> By a similar argument you could argue that Mandarin wastes lots of >> potential for conveying information because it doesn't use consonant >> clusters and disallows most consonants in coda position. � Sure, you >> could devise a conlang that has as many allowed consonant clusters and >> coda consonants as English has, or more, and also has as many tones as >> Mandarin has, or more -- in fact it's already been done at least once: >> see Ithkuil and Ilaksh. > > You should be careful, because actually I think he would agree with > consonant clusters as well. As far as I know, he might even be willing > to put in click consonants, because his uncompromising stance is that > we should receive as much information as possible. I think that it is > a completely unrealistic goal for an IAL, but there you have it. ISTR he shot down the idea of final consonants on the grounds that they took up too many milliseconds of time. Then there are those languages with more tone contours than Mandarin like Cantonese or Vietnamese.