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Query Details


Query Subject:   Unmarked Contour Tone
Author:   Joaquim de Carvalho
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Typology

Query:   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
jbrandao@ext.jussieu.fr
LL Issue: 16.588
Date posted: 27-Feb-2005



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