All have phonemes of at least two different categories, and , that can be combined to form . As well as segments such as consonants and vowels, some languages also use sound in other ways to convey meaning. Many languages, for example, use , , , and to distinguish meaning. Because these phenomena operate outside of the level of single segments, they are called . Some languages have only a few phonemes, for example, and with 11 and 10 phonemes respectively, whereas languages like may have as many as 141 phonemes. In , (formerly called ) are defined by the basic elements of gestures, such as hand shape, orientation, location, and motion, which correspond to manners of articulation in spoken language.
Many other word classes exist in different languages, such as like "and" that serve to join two sentences, that introduce a noun, such as "wow!", or like "splash" that mimic the sound of some event. Some languages have positionals that describe the spatial position of an event or entity. Many languages have that identify countable nouns as belonging to a particular type or having a particular shape. For instance, in , the general noun classifier for humans is (人), and it is used for counting humans, whatever they are called:
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