Re: Let me introduce my conlang
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, October 2, 2004, 7:13|
On Friday, October 1, 2004, at 04:44 , Joe wrote:
> David Peterson wrote:
>> Verbs, nouns & adjectives have a primary tone on a high pitch. If
>> there are 4 or more syllables there is a secondary tone on a medium
>> pitch. The other syllables have a basal tone which is a low pitch.
>> Polysyllabic words in other classes only have secondary and basal
>> This doesn't make sense to me. Can you list a couple of examples?
>> To me what it sounds like is that you're explaining a stress system,
>> not a tonal system.
> To be more specific, it sounds like a pitch-accent system. Which I
> suppose could be kind of called tonal...
I agree. caeruleancentaur's description is not of a tonal language of the
Chinese or Vietnamese type, certainly. But it fits well, as I see it, with
the tonal languages that use pitch accent such as ancient Greek or modern
Yoruba and many other west African languages.
Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight,
which is not so much a twilight of the gods
as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]