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Re: Lots of Questions About Tones

From:Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 16:51
On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 12:11 AM, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>

> If I correctly gather which theories about tonogenesis are most widely- or > well- > -accepted; and if I understand them to the right degree; I don't > understand > why any language has more than three tones. To wit, a rising tone, a > falling > tone, and a level tone: with no distinction between two different rises, > nor > two different falls, nor two different level tones; and also, with no > contour > tones. > > <snip questions>
> > Any information related to the above questions will be appreciated. > > Thanks. >
I suspect many of the questions will have a simple answer - consonant clusters and how each simplification adds a tone. I'm thinking of Middle Chinese, which Bernhard Karlgren reconstructed to show complex consonant clustering, as compared to modern Mandarin, which obviously has much simplified phonotactics. Eugene


ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>