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Re: intonation in your conlangs

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Thursday, March 11, 2004, 19:49
On Wed, Mar 10, 2004 at 02:11:51PM -0500, Estel Telcontar wrote:
> I've been observing that when I speak or read Ikanirae Seru, my > intonation pattern is different from how I talk in English. I think it > has something to do with all the syllables being (C)V - the rhythm is > more regular and almost staccato, and there seems to be some sort of > correlation between stress and pitch - stressed syllables usually have > a higher pitch than unstressed ones, but sometimes it's the other way > round, I haven't figured out the pattern yet if there is one. > > Anyone else notice that they have different intonation patterns in > their conlang?
[snip] Definitely. Recently I've noticed that Ebisédian, which is pitch-accented with two phonemic pitches doesn't just have high pitch and low pitch; the two phonemic pitches are in fact realized as several (non-phonemic) tones: - A short, stressed syllable has phonemic high pitch, which is realized as [55]. However, under some circumstances (such as the end of a sentence), the high pitch may be dropped to low pitch instead. - A long stressed syllable has phonemic high pitch, which is realized as a falling tone like [52] or even a rising-and-falling tone [352]. - Unstressed syllables (short and long) have phonemic low pitch, realized as low pitch [11]; but if sandwiched between two syllables of high pitch, they may have rising tone [13] instead. - Two adjacent syllables with phonemic high pitch often do not have the same high pitch; one may be higher than the other for stress or for sentential euphony. For example, the following sentence may be read with the marked inflections (1=lowest pitch, 5=highest pitch, ala IPA tone numbers): ghu' 3jum33' le's loo'ru? CXS: Gu ?@\dZum@\: l&s lo:r`u Pitch: 52 1 1 13 3 52 1 The syllables suffixed with /'/ are high-pitched syllables. But as you can see, they are variously realized, especially in the sequence of three phonemic high pitches, which slowly ascend to peak in the syllable _loo'_. T -- EMACS = Extremely Massive And Cumbersome System