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Re: THEORY: Tonogenesis

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 0:21
On Feb 2, 2005, at 2:13 PM, Kevin Athey wrote:
> Can anyone point me to some good sources (website or book) about > natlang > tonogenesis? I'm particulary but not exclusively interested in tonal > systems originating from sources other than loss of stop voicing > distinctions (as in Chinese). > In a related question, has anyone else dealt with tonogenesis in their > conlangs? I try to make my work as natural as possible, which makes > diachronic linguistics a terrible pain anyway, and with tonogenesis to > boot I'm feeling a little out of my depth. > Athey
In Rokbeigalmki, the 'accent-lengthened' (lengthened) and 'tilde-lengthened' (double-lengthened) eventually develop into rising and falling tones, respectively. I'm not sure why... i just end up accidentally doing that to them when i speak, so i thought it must be a natural development ;) . The tilde-lengthened vowels, actually, developed from some kinds of combinations of vowels and consonants back in the proto-language. Here's an example: TILDE-LENGTHENED: the word means _tsunami_. (one of Rokbeigalmki's unique 'palindromic powerful phenomena' words) /galaX\alag/ ~ ancient rokbeigalmki /gala::lag/ ~ 'contemporary' rokbeigalmki |galãlag| /galàlag/ ~ futuristic rokbeigalmki ACCENT-LENGTHENED: a construct compound meaning _world of holiness_ /ilmalo:ahja/ ~ ancient |ilmalôahya| /ilma:lahja:/ ~ 'contemporary' |îlmalâhya| /ilmálahjá/ ~ futuristic (it's called an Accent-Lengthened vowel because construct compounds get lengthened the same way as certain accent-sensitive words, including all names, are accented: /ilu:ka/ 'so, such a'; /i:luka:/ 'just like' ; /ts)i\:vi/ 'Tzíhvi') ((( btw, i keep on wanting to write 'futurustuc' :P ))) -Stephen (Steg) "Let them come. There is one dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath." ~ gimli son of gloin, LotR:FotR (movie version, at least)


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>