Imagine that I'm creating phonemic inventories for multiple conlangs, each of which is spoken by a people settled within (or roaming about) a very different physical environment from the others. Assuming that these different civilizations developed their languages completely apart from one another and haven't simply drifted apart from one original root language, is there any consensus that certain phonemes work better or worse in different environments?
For instance, do certain phonemes perform better or worse:
- over choppy waters being sailed by a seafaring people?
- through a jungle or heavily wooded area populated by a tree-dwelling people?
- in a mountainous area frequently traversed by various groups settling near or even on the mountains?
- carrying over a vast inland plain or a placid lake?
- cutting through the ambient noise of a swamp or jungle (or even a city)?
These are just examples. I'm not specifically asking about any of those scenarios. I just want to make sure that any language I create would be as plausible as possible, down to the very last detail I can think of. Any reliable resources on the subject would be great, but as a complete novice, I haven't been entirely sure what to search for and have come up short on my attempts so far.