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From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 22:21
Would someone explain to me the difference between pitch-accent and
tone-accent, if there is a difference?  I have made Senyecan a pitch-
accent language, I think.  I envision a person "singing" on three
whole steps on the piano keyboard, e.g., C-D-E.  The base accent
is "sung" on C, the secondary accent (indicated by a grave accent) on
D, and the primary (indicated by an acute accent) on E.  The exact
notes used will, of course, vary with each speaker.  As one listens
to another speaker, he will discern what notes/pitches the other
speaker uses in his idiolect.  I use the word "singing" in a loose
sense.  There is no structure of whole notes, half notes, etc. Only
the pitch, with comfortable duration on the syllables, is present.



H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>