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Re: Lots of Questions About Tones

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Saturday, July 26, 2008, 2:30
On Jul 10, 2008, at 1:51 PM, Philip Newton wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 18:51, ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...> wrote: >> In fact, is Tibetan tonal? > > Yes, it is -- at least, the standard Lhasa dialect does. > > Wikipedia says that there are dialects that did not acquire tones, > though.
I also just learned of a Tibeto-Burman language called Qiang, of which the Southern "dialect" has tone and the Northern one doesn't -- although Jonathan Evans claims that the Northern dialect does have a few minimal pairs distinguished by pitch, so it might be (at least marginally) tonal.