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Re: THEORY: Tonogenesis

From:Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 16:10
>From: Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> > >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.
My original tonogenesis paradigm for Þewthaj involved a baroque pattern of vowel length and height as well as whether post-stress syllables were dropped. (They all were, but some words had word-final stress.) I didn't have the right feel in my head, so I abandoned it. Yours does seem to work better, though.
>(one of Rokbeigalmki's unique 'palindromic powerful phenomena' words)
_That_ is an interesting idea. Athey _________________________________________________________________ FREE pop-up blocking with the new MSN Toolbar – get it now!