LINGUIST List 16.588

Sun Feb 27 2005

Qs: Unmarked Contour Tone; Landscape and Language

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        1.    Joaquim de Carvalho, Unmarked Contour Tone
        2.    Kathy Rich, Landscape and Language

Message 1: Unmarked Contour Tone

Date: 27-Feb-2005
From: Joaquim de Carvalho <>
Subject: Unmarked Contour Tone

Dear linguistlisters,

I have two questions on the typology of tonal systems:

1) Are there tonal systems limited to the three following units: two level
tones (H and L) and only one contour tone?

2) If such systems exist, is the shape of this unique contour predictable?

Is it a falling or a rising tone?

Thanks in advance for any piece of information. I will post a summary if
there are enough responses.

Joaquim Brandao de Carvalho
Departement de linguistique
Universite Paris 8 / UMR 7023

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Message 2: Landscape and Language

Date: 27-Feb-2005
From: Kathy Rich <>
Subject: Landscape and Language

For a book I'm writing on language acquistion, I'm interested in any
material, historic or current, that's been written on the effects of
landscape on language.


Katherine Russell Rich

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

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