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Re: Lots of Questions About Tones

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Friday, July 11, 2008, 23:06
So it looks as if consonant loss and merger don't generate tones
directly, but produce registers - breathy or creaky voice - that later
become tones? This certainly seems more plausible.

It also looks as if the same circumstances can generate different tones.
The Proto-Athabascan -taʔ gives opposite results in different languages
if the glottal stop is lost: Chipewyan -tá but Sarcee -tà. Presumably
one case involved creaky voice, the other not.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>