Re: THEORY: Tonogenesis
|From:||Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 11, 2002, 5:02|
On 11 Sep 02, at 3:37, ukasz Korczewski wrote:
> How can tones come into being?
I believe that in Tibetan and Chinese, at least, they came because CVC
syllables turned into CV; the tone then helped marked the final -C
which was lost. (For example, syllables might have high tone for a
following voiced consonant and low tone for an unvoiced consonant. Or
make even finer distinctions.)
But that's just my recollection; it might be fairly inaccurate.
Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>