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Re: THEORY: Tonogenesis

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 13:37
Roger wrote:
> Mayan langs. I think are tonal; some African too, but they seem to work > differently.
One of the characteristic features of Mesoamerica is the use of tone. There's a good article in _Language_ (Vol. 62, no. 3) "Mesoamerica as a linguistic area" by Lyle Campbell, Terrence Kaufman, and Thomas C. Smith-Stark that discusses some of the properties of Mesoamerican tonal languages. E.g. Oapan Nahuatl acquired tonal contrasts although Uto-Aztecan is not tonal in general. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


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