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Re: Grammatical tones

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Saturday, August 24, 2002, 14:20
 --- Christopher Wright <faceloran@...> wrote: >
> > How plausible is it for tones to have a grammatical > rather than lexical > meaning? For instance, where many languages have > articles, this one would > have different tones instead. Or perhaps verb number > or tense would be > indicated thus. > > That says it all, doesn't it?* > > *Well, not _all_. The minimum amount of time to say > everything would be > at least as long as it takes to happen, which is > generally agreed to be a > minimum of one hundred thousand billion years.
archaic bac uses tones to indicate tense : |sot Bac| I say |sot Bàc| > |sot Bawc| I said ( low tone ) |sot Bác| > |sot Bayc| I will say ( high tone ) it also uses tones to indicate interrogatives and contrary-to-expectation statements : |wer Ga?pos| > |wer Gaposi| do you think so ? ( rising tone ) |sot Ga!pos| > |sot Gaposu| I do think so ( falling tone ) As you can see, I've ditched them in the current version of the language, as i wasn't too good at pronouncing them and bac words are already incredibly compact : |sot Rhwanykh wher| /sOt r\aI~x WE4/ I might in future start falling in love with you where |Rhwanykh| is the topic depleted future continuous inceptive subjunctive of |Rak| 'to love' ( topic depleted indicates that where |Rak| would usually take two topics : |sot wer Rak| 'You and I love each other', here it only takes one, but keeps the original meaning |sot Rakh wher| 'I love you but you don't necessarily love me' ) I find the /aI/ diphthong more distinctive than high tone bn __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts