Re: What's Wrong with These Tones?
|From:||Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 20, 1999, 6:26|
Jim Grossmann wrote:
>Is is unnatural or awkward to have words with all high tones?
>In a register tone language with two tones, high and low, whichtone is more
Based on the literature I have read, I would say that the high tone
would tend to be considered the marked tone - even if the high tone
>Is the scheme at all natural?
>I don't know of any natlangs that work this way, but that doesn't
mean that they don't exist. If they do not in fact exist, I still
don't see why it could not have evolved that way.
>More importantly, are there reasons why it would be difficult tolearn or
>use in comparison with natural systems?
Looks like an easy system to learn since word class is automatically
associated with a certain combination of tones.