Re: Tonal Sandhi
|From:||Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 14, 2006, 22:47|
On Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:20:59 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org
>So my question would be, which style of tones are ya looking for?
>Contour or Register...
In legato speech, after sandhi has applied, definitely the surface tones
would constitute a "Contour Tone" system.
But in staccato speech, the underlying system might be either a "contour
tone" system or a "register tone" system.
It will have three pitches; high, medium, and low.
Whether the underlying tones of staccato speech will be MM, HL, LH
(thus "contour"); or else be M, L, H (thus "register"); I don't know yet.
But I can imagine all nine combinations arising as a result of sandhi.
(P.S. I am not the author of the conlang in question; he has asked for help
on the EastAsianConLangs Yahoo!group, and got no knowledgeable answer --