Re: Tone/Pitch Accent Question
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 1:46|
On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 13:19:26 -0800, JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
>> I had this idea that some syllables could have underlying tone. One
>> thing that it seems doesn't happen, though, is for a syllable to have
>> an underlying low tone. Have you (or has anyone else) ever heard of
>> something like this?
> Hmmm, I don't think so. In languages w/ a pitch accent, the marked
> (accented) syllable has high tone. I don't know if there's anything that
> strictly prohibits you from doing things your way, though.
I seem to have read somewhere ["The World's Major Languages", I think]
that Serbo-Croat has a low-tone pitch accent, apparently from the accent
shifting back one syllable. [?]
My Atlantic Kirumb does something similar. The first mora of a word
always carries the accent, and it can be high or low pitched ([`]
indicates low, and ['] high):
zvavsollé [`zvosOlle] 'cookie, biscuit'
arkle ['ArklE] 'farmer'
ašve ['ASve] 'I eat'
dânne [`d@nnE] 'bench'
Due to the initial conditions [i.e., being initially-stressed ab initio],
the outstanding majority of simplex verbs have a high initial pitch.
 There are minor exceptions, which can generally be explained
otherwise, e.g. augmentatives in accented -aš which are 1) expressive
formations and 2) technically compound words anyway.
E jer savne zarjé mas ne (You put music in my heart
Se imné koone'f metha And with the spirit of an artist
Brissve mé kolé adâ. I will make the dreamtime)