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Re: COMMENTS: Hiksilipsi Tone

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Friday, April 19, 2002, 4:52
On 17 Apr 02, at 15:46, jesse stephen bangs wrote:

> Nothing in particular marks the tone break, except in orthography (and > maybe not even there. I haven't really worked out orthography yet.) It's > idiosyncratic and lexically specified, like stress in English, and it may > come before or after the whole word. For example, all of the following > would be valid tone patterns for a three-syllable word (the pipe marks > the tone break): > > |lo-lo-lo hi-|lo-lo hi-hi-|lo hi-hi-hi|
That reminds me of Japanese pitch accent (which I never learned during the four or so years where I learned Japanese): I found it interesting when I learned later that the tone break may occur after the word itself -- so that the word can influence the pitch of a following particle. Do you have neutral (probably monosyllabic) particles / postpositions / whatever as well, which are usually high, but are low if they immediately follow a word-final tone break? That is, they have no "built-in" pitch but assume a high one as the natural beginning-of-word pitch except when they follow a tone break which forces the neutral pitch to become low? Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>