Perhaps a new topic of discussion
|From:||B E Walker <umwalk05@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 12, 2001, 2:36|
after reading oh, 100 e-mails with the word 'born' in the subject line, i
would like to ask a question on a different theme.
i'm currently working on a lang i call 'sdeete' at the moment, though that
may be subject to change. i'v decided to make it tonal, but i don't have
much experience at all with tonal languages. so, a few questions are in
- when there are only 2 level tones (high/low) in the language, how far
apart are they, usually? a 3rd? 5th?
-sdeete has phonemic vowel length. would it be reasonable/naturalistic to
have only long vowels carry high tone? i find this concept intrinsically
pleasing for some absurd reason, but i don't know if there's any natlang
precedent for it.
-could someone suggest some readings to me about tone systems and tone
sandhi? especially something relating to north american aboriginal
i might have enough info to submit an outline of sdeete sometime soon
(encourage me!), but i found HNAI vol. 17 in the library a while ago, and
i'v been too engrossed in the Cree and Eastern Pomo sections to fiddle with
sdeete much. Speaking of Eastern Pomo, do any of yous know of a good grammar
of that language? it's concatenative verbal morphology is amazing!