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Re: Marking tones in conlangs

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 11:53
Isaac Penzev wrote:
> Joseph B. wrote: > > > >>I'm curious to know how others here mark tones in any tonal conlangs they >>have created. > > > I have no tonal conlangs in my bag yet,
Like Isaac I have no tonal conlangs of my own (yet), but you may be interested in the way James Carter did it for his loglang _gua\spi_ Number Sound Symbols 1 High-even - - 2 Rising / / 3 Down-up | * 4 Falling \ ! 5 Up-down ^ @ 6 Low-even = % Of the two sets of symbols, James says: "The first set of symbols shown, ascii characters, is preferred but the second set can substitute on a manual typewriter". The symbols precede the syllable AIUI. In Mario Pei's "The World's Chief Languages" (1949), he shows Mandarin tones in a similar way, using: - first tone (high level) / second tone (rising) √ third tone (low dipping) [square root symbol] \ fourth tone (falling) So, for example, "I write" is: /wo √hsie ('ASCII Pinyin' wo2 xie3) -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY