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THEORY: Tone marking (Was Re: THEORY: Mandarin vowel phonology)

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 13, 1999, 8:27
Danny Wier scripsit:
> Where have I heard of Gwoyeu Romatzyh before? Tell me more about it!
It was invented by Yuen Ren Chao, and it's a tonal-spelling system, which hard-codes the tone into each syllable using special spelling conventions instead of leaving it as an easily-lost diacritic. Thus, ma1 = "ma", ma2 = "mar" (GR uses -l instead of -r for retroflexion), ma3 = "maa", ma4 = "mah". It's not as simple as "suffix -r, double, suffix -h", though. <<<<<< There's another natlang that does that in romanisation, I can't think of the name of it off the top of my head, (Hmoob-something?). There are [quite a few] tones, all of which are romanised by following the syllable with a seemingly random letter of the alphabet. The script writes two glyphs per syllable, IIRC it's the CV component in the first glyph, with tone and (post?)nasalisation in the second glyph. Someone with the very excellent [Daniels 1996] should be able to clarify this a bit better. I have a copy, but it's not at work. Despite the (non-canonical) sources I've seen to the contrary, this seems like a likely way for the Bajoran (or Old Bajoran?) scripts to work. Does anyone have any canon(-ish) sources for Trek langs other than tlhIngan Hol, by the way? ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************