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On-yomi of kanji feel a bit like they all sound alike. For instance, vowels /o/ and /u/ are over-represented.
Are there statistics of phoneme counts or syllable counts for on-yomi compared to kun-yomi? Something like: the top-100 syllables make up 20% of syllables for kun but 40% for on.

  • I used to have a link to a very simple website that had a series of tables with every possible on-yomi and which characters could be read with that sound... I'll try to find it, but you're definitely right in saying that the on-yomi all sound alike. They adhere to a certain pattern and there are only a limited number of possibilities (considerably less than the total phonological possibilities of the language). – sazarando Feb 1 at 22:27
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  • According to data from Funbit (linked to from the thread mentioned by snailboat san): ショウand コウ are found in around 75 Jōyō kanji, シ in 52. ソウ, トウ and カン are between 42 and 45. – Mathieu Bouville Feb 2 at 7:15

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