Steg Belsky wrote: > Well, i seem to remember a language which died out a few years ago (but > was heavily documented by scientists, linguists, etc. and its last > speaker) which had many many many phonemicly different consonants, and > only one vowel - i think it was /a/ . If i remember correctly, it was > from the Caucasus region. I'd heard about those langs having very few vowels, but I don't think that any of them only had one. I remember reading that a few might've had 2 vowel phonemes, but it was debated whether one of those was actually 2, that is, whether or not they were predictable variations. I don't know why it was so controversial, tho. But I've never heard of any even being claimed to have only one vowel phoneme.