> Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:45:58 -0700
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> Subject: Re: Vowel Harmony
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> > What's the limit on vowels? I hear we have twelve? I only count five unless you count Y, which makes six.

> English has five vowel letters, but many more actual vowel sounds.
> E.g., the 'a' in "cat" or "mat" has a very different sound from the
> 'a' in "all". According to the World Atlas of Language Structures, the
> largest number of vowels used in a single language is 14.

This would warm the heart of a Géarthçins. They count fourteen because of the writing system, but in reality it's ten and four diphthongs. (I won't tell them if you won't.)