first pass at defining the hierarchy

I need to sort these phonemes properly before I get into clusters and making syllables, but I'm not sure I did it right.

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    Looks alright to me. – Oliver Mason Jun 24 '19 at 10:25

Sonority refers to the amplitude of the sound signal; ie the louder a sound is, the higher it ranks. Vowels are loudest, as they are voiced and generally less constricted than most consonants. Within the vowels, the open ones (eg /a/), are louder than the closed ones (/i/, /u/). Then laterals, nasals, fricatives, and finally plosives. Within each of these groups (where applicable) the voiced variant is higher than the voiceless one (eg /g/ > /k/, and /d/ > /t/).

This matches the ranking in your image, so I would say it is correct.

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