Warm climates and sonority classes: not simply more vowels and fewer consonants

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 43 Published In Pages: 123-133
By Munroe, Robert L., Fought, John G., Macaulay, Ronald K.S.


This article adds nuanced findings to the previous generalization that high sonority of the vowel explains its more frequent use in warmer climates. The authors find that “speakers in warm-climate languages make more use of the so-called “sonorant” consonants, that is, consonants with some of the qualities of vowels” (123).

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