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Re: Marking tones in conlangs

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Thursday, February 9, 2006, 11:24

I also haven't got a tonal language yet -- since I'm not
used to differenciate between tones, I'm counting as
tone-deaf I guess. Ukele is going to have high tone for
definiteness (the X) and low tone for undefiniteness (an X),
though. That's all I can handle. High tone is marked with an
acute, low tone isn't marked: mwezi vs. mwézi (an apple vs.
the apple). That's especially fun with <ə>, which is
pronounced [1] anyway when stressed, otherwise [@], because
there's no <ə́> as one letter -- you can combine it, though.

Does anybody use <ƨ, ƽ, ƅ> for the tones 2, 5 and 6 as
proposed by Unicode? There don't seem to be such signs for
1, 3 and 4 for some reason. Which language actually uses
those? I'd use a turn-around <S> for anything but indicating
second tone and the one for 6 looks like a small-caps <B>.

----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph B.
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 6:08 PM
Subject: Marking tones in conlangs

I'm curious to know how others here mark tones in any tonal
conlangs they have created.



Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>