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Re: Lots of Questions About Tones

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Thursday, July 10, 2008, 18:25
On Thu, 10 Jul 2008 17:45:46 +1000, Tristan McLeay wrote:
>> countour tone > >Well, level/contour tones can develop into register tones (e.g. a low >tone may become creaky voice).
I've suspected as much - got any examples?
>Stress, however, is I think a poor analogy for >tones; a better one would be length. Length and tone can both indicate >stress, but they can both be phonemic features on their own.
Interesting angle. I was just going with "prosodic suprasegmental". I suppose it would be possible to consider length such too in some circumstances ("suprasegmental length" gets 16800 Ghits) but that's still not too commonly seen. Also to consider: tone is typically orthogonal to vowel quality, stress and length less so.
>(Also, I think you're spelling "contour" wrong. The first syllable is >the same as "conflict" (n), so with your reformed spelling I can't make >sense of "countour", and not the standard spelling I know. Perhaps, >however, I'm missing something.) > >-- >Tristan.
Apparently, I simply managed to mkae teh smae tpyo twice. :) John Vertical


Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall <nomad-conlang@...>