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Re: a "natural language" ?

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Monday, November 29, 2004, 20:00

Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> writes:
>... > I'm not sure how tone sandhi works; probably something like: > High followed by Low > Falling, or maybe mid-low, or high-mid.
Exactly so. Mandarin has a few. The one you need all the time is: 3rd before 3rd -> 2nd falling-rising falling-rising -> high-rising In this rule, the resulting tones exist as phonemic tones as well, so the rule can be written with normal tone numbers. Of course, this is not always the case, new tones may arise from a sandhi rules. E.g. in Mandarin: 3rd followed by end-of-word -> low-falling (This happens in some dialects.) ObConlang:
> I'll have to work on this for Gwr, probably re-inventing the wheel > in the process :-))))
As long as its fun, I love to reinvent wheels especially when programming... :-) My conlang Qthen|gai also has a few tone sandhi rules: rising after rising -> high level mid level after rising -> low level falling after falling -> low level mid level after falling -> high level The phonemic tones (tonemes) are: rising falling mid level So high level and low level are allotones only. **Henrik