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Re: Lots of Questions About Tones

From:ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, July 10, 2008, 5:53
Alex Fink wrote:
> >On Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:46:09 +0100, David McCann <david@...> >wrote: > > >Imagine a language with /bas/ and /bat/. If the contrast between /p/ > >and /b/ is lost, /ba-/ is likely to acquire a high or rising tone in > >becoming /pa-/. > >_High_ or rising? AIUI voiced stops in the onset are supposed to have a >lowering effect, generally I believe because of (possibly subphonemic) >breathiness, so they'd yield low (or rising?) tones. >
That's my understanding too.......... So pa- < *ba- will have low tone, while pa- < *pa- will be high.