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Dosmaritos
Monday 01st of December 2008 07:54:34 AM
Do you know a language...: that contains only o'es: for example, 'toro'


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Monday 01st of December 2008 09:14:15 AM
The only vowel is o? Not anything that I can think of. That would be fairly crazy though.

Omogono of ovoro vowol wos roplocod woth o!
Imagine if every vowel was replaced with o!


djr33
Monday 01st of December 2008 10:36:28 AM
Are you asking about the NAME of the language? Or the language itself?

As far as I know, there is an overwhelming trend for languages to at least have three vowels: a, i, and o (as pronounced in spanish). The most common set is the a, e, i, o, and u as in Spanish (though the e drops to an "ehh" sometimes), like the original latin it the letters are based on. Very few languages have as many different vowel sounds as English. However, I don't think that any language has just one vowel. That would mean that vowel has no meaning in the words, but just separation between consonants. The fewer the number of sounds, the harder it is to make a word, so you get really long words to make up a simple idea, because there just aren't enough possible combinations.


Oh, and as for names of languages, I can't think of any right now. "nihongo" (native word for "japanese") is the closest I can think of.

Actually, I'll just look at wikipedia.
Based on number of native speakers, here's the list:
#49: Ethiopian "Oromo"; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oromo_language 17.2 million speakers
#79: African (Bantu) "Kongo"; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongo_language 4.7 million speakers
#80: Chinese "Hmong"; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hmong_language 2.8 million speakers
#127: African (west) "Wolof"; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolof_language 3.4 million speakers

And that's all of them that have more than 2 million speakers.
The rest: Fon, Scots [1.5mill; #207], Dong, Gogo, Ho (>1 million); Võro (>10,000); !Xóõ [4,200]

[the numbering of the list is a bit strange, but that's how they are on wikipedia]

So, of those listed, the most notable languages are:
1. I have heard of: Hmong and Wolof, and Scots
2. Number of speakers, Oromo has many and it is also the name of a family of languages which is notable in the number of speakers of language families in the world (see the bottom of the list of number of speakers for languages).
3. Scots is probably the most notable, even though it has few speakers, for Europeans and Americans.

All that information is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

Also, if you consider the names of the languages in their languages, then: 1. do they use the Latin alphabet (do they have the letter "o"), and 2. what does that letter represent? Do you mean the SOUND of "o", or just the writing of "o"?


(You probably don't need this much information, but I thought the question was interesting.)


fedrik
Friday 02nd of January 2009 02:32:22 PM
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Julianita
Tuesday 06th of January 2009 01:09:07 PM
Well i think what im gonna say might not be useful but who knows.

In spanish or in some spanish speaking countries like my own (Colombia) it was a trend among teenagers about 8-10 years ago to replace vowels and consonants so that the teachers, parents or who ever they didnt want them to understand wouldnt be able to get whatever it is they were talking about (yes...i was one of those teenagers :D ahhh) I will use my name as an example:

Juliana

And using the combination of the consonant P and all the vowels at the end of each syllable (depending on the vowel that the syllable has) and so the word would be converted to this:

JU PU LI PI A PA NA PA

And so on and so forth with all the words on ur speech. I remember i used to gossip for hours with my friends using that haha :D...Some of the other combinations we used were: cha che chi chi cho chu...or replacing all the vowels for U....hope it makes sense LOL. :p




leobloom
Monday 14th of September 2009 04:54:15 AM
a language which has just -o as ending for the nouns?
The only one that I can think of is Esperanto, an artificial language.



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