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On 15 May 2014 13:48, "Patrik Austin" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> It's been said that some Pirahã speakers can understand each other when
they're are whistling or humming, because Pirahã is a tonal language.
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> I take it this could be compared to speaking English without the
consonants,

Information-loss-wise, more like English without vowels, because a lot of
the contrast burden in Piraha is borne by prosody - rhythm and tone --
rather than segmental character.

And.