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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 >> pitch. >> >> >> >> 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. Ray =============================================== =============================================== 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" ]