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)
- A short, stressed syllable has phonemic high pitch, which is realized as
. 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  or even a rising-and-falling tone .
- Unstressed syllables (short and long) have phonemic low pitch, realized
as low pitch ; but if sandwiched between two syllables of high
pitch, they may have rising tone  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
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'_.
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