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Re: Gevey intonation (a bit long)

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Thursday, August 15, 2002, 16:35
Rik Roots sikyal:

> I've posted a first draft on the rules of intonation for Gevey on my website > (where the examples look a little better, as I was able to use superscript > and subscript to show high and low tone). An amended version of that text > follows. > > Grateful for any comments ...
This is impressive, mostly because you've given a pretty thorough description of something that's neglected by most conlangs. I know that none of my conlangs have taken systematic thought of intonation yet (except for Hiksilipsi, which is tonal), but you've done a good job of this. I don't know enough about intonation systems cross-linguistically to say how this holds up, unfortunately. I do know that it would be a great help to hear some sound files of the longer examples you give, to aid in understanding how the intonation works. And have you thought of global intonation patterns? Most languages have word or syllable-level intonations like you talked about, but also have global rising or falling tone levels over a sentence or discourse unit. Just some ideas-- Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton