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Re: Lots of Questions About Tones

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Sunday, July 13, 2008, 15:21
On Fri, 2008-07-11, Mark J. Reed wrote:

> However you replied to this broke the thread, fyi. Showed up as a new > conversation...
Sorry about that … though I'm not sure what you mean. I get a daily digest and there was nothing odd about it. So what did I do wrong?
> But I thought creaky/breathy developed from pitch tones, rather than > the reverse?
How would a difference in voicing develop directly into a pitch difference? On the other hand, it could easily change into a register difference. In English, the difference between /ta-/ and /da-/ is largely down to aspiration. Spread the initial voicelessness over the whole vowel, and you'd get a breathy or voiceless vowel. In Javanese, the voiceless stops are slightly glottalised (stiff). If that spread, you'd get creaky vowels after them. Which incidentally shows how the same syllable in a protolanguage could give different tones in its daughters. Dirk Elzinga wrote
At least, that's what I've received! Is anyone else having this problem?


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>