Czevraqis: pitch accent help?
|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 25, 2001, 2:23|
I was playing around with revising the !@#$ pitch-accent system in
Czevraqis. The original version--well, suffice it to say that I found it
more annoying than anything else.
I toyed around with bunches of names (people and place names) and tried to
generalize my "favourite" pitch-accent placements. It didn't really work,
but I came up with the following idea:
1. High tone, low tone. That's all. (I'd *like* to do a *real* tonal
conlang someday, though.)
2. Pitch-accent only occurs within the last 3 syllables of a word (which
means case-endings may alter the placement of accents). One-syllable
words are unaccented (low tone).
3. Within the last 3 syllables, the syllable with the "strongest" vowel
in the following hierarchy receives the accent (high tone):
aI>eI>i>a>e>o>u- (I'm open to suggestions for revision, this was what
sounded best to me offhand; that last is the Japanese "u", the
"upside-down m" in IPA)
If there's a tie, the earlier syllable gets the stress.
So, example (using the Ubiquitous Apostrophe after accented syllables)
taken from the conlang relay, since it no longer needs to be Top Secret
and is handy anyway <G>:
(Note: using Kirschenbaum, so * is the alveolar tap.)
Derahat na verahiz, na szaeqazis, [de*a'hat na ve*ahiZ' na SeI'?azis]
ko zekariye narat besaziz, [ko zeka*i'je na'rat besaziZ']
ko szeszezat na mezariz. [ko SeSezat' na mezariZ']
I have no idea if this is feasible or not. If someone can suggest
alternate schemes for pitch-accenting or examples from natlangs or their
own conlangs, I would be grateful. I would like it to be visibly regular
(if Japanese or Korean are regular in this regard, I'm too unlettered to
be able to tell...).