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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[1] 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. *Muke! [1] 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)