Any Tone Languages Out There?
|From:||Jim Grossmann <steven@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 12, 1999, 5:33|
Is anyone out there working on a tone language?
I'm thinking of changing one of my languages to a tone language,
probably a register tone language with no more than three tones.
I'm wondering what phonemic tone does to stress.
I get the impression that, in Chinese, most of the syllables are long
enough so that that tones can be heard. Short unstressed tones get neutral
tone, I suppose, but aren't there still a lot of spondees in Chinese? I
don't really know, I could very easily be wrong about all this.
Anyway, Chinese is a contour tone language.
Anyone know about phonemic tones in register tone languages vis a vis