I’ve been wondering whether there are some traits in certain languages which make them almost universally ugly to outside listeners.
Personally I can’t stand Cantonese - it’s one of the most irritating languages I’ve ever heard. It sets my teeth on edge. Perhaps it’s just the way some Hong Kongers speak it, and not a function of the actual language itself, I don’t know. I was talking to Funk500 about this the other day and he nominated Welsh as an ugly language.
So, my question has two parts. Firstly - what makes a language ugly? Guttural sounds? Nasal vowels? Tones? Secondly, which languages do you find ugly?