User talk:Tepples/Extremes of phonology

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Frequency-shift keying: Doing a machine's job[edit]

"Never send a human to do a machine's job."

Obviously, this page isn't meant to cover machine communication. However, there is still a fundamental question of definition: To what extent is recognizability by a human as "language" part of the scope?

Specifically, where does the distinction lie between Flafi and a hypothetical vowel-heavy language dominated by frequency-shift keying, not necessarily binary, similar to a Tarzan yell or bird song? I admittedly don't have a specific fictional or real-world example to which to point; I suppose that answers my own question about scope, but I leave this here as food for thought. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 01:18, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

A section about tonemic extremes would certainly fit. Solresol is the only notable conlang I can think of with a built-in FSK representation. If you're unfamiliar, see jan Misali's Conlang Critic episode "Solresol". --Tepples (talk) 16:05, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
Acknowledged. My mind had fixated on the "fewest phonemes" subtopic; a hypothetical FSK conlang would have to be at most ternary to win over Flafi, but I understand that the page covers extremes of any kind. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 18:21, 4 August 2020 (UTC)