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Re: Tonal Languages taken to extremes

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Thursday, September 27, 2001, 20:11
On Thursday, September 27, 2001, at 01:00 PM, joe wrote:

> Idea: a purely tonal language, with one letter (a) but with about 50 > different tones?
I actually considered that with "meep" [mip] since I do have perfect pitch =^) but decided it was too much of a hassle, especially if anyone else were to understand it. (Besides, I already meep at random people.) It'd be a fun concept for an alien conlang, though. Another idea I've toyed with is a "chordal" language, whose speakers could produce multiple pitches and articulations simultaneously; words would consist of chords, series of chords would produce sentences. I'm sure there are other ways to cut the pie, though.
> naÿa me iow > auf wiedersehn
(wiedersehen?) Or perhaps, for the internet, auf wiedertippen!
> au revoir > do widzenia > Dyeu wiyu > Jiu uiiu
annyeong (I hope no one's offended by the informal mode) hasta luego sayonara YHL


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