LINGUIST List 12.1432

Fri May 25 2001

Qs: Tone Langs, Software/Western Himalayan Analysis

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  1. david.sutcliffe, A question of tone
  2. kavita rastogi, Western Himalayan Tibeto- Burman

Message 1: A question of tone

Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 21:32:10 +0200
From: david.sutcliffe <david.sutcliffetrad.upf.es>
Subject: A question of tone

Dear list,

My questions are in fact two:

1) What is the definition of a tone language? One in which sigificant
relative pitch is specified in the lexicon? Or, one in which pitch
enters into the composition of at least some morphemes, or...?

2) In general, when African tone languages - and presumably tone
languages elsewhere - borrow English lexis, the stressed syllable of the
English word is reinterpreted as high tone. Does anyone know of counter
examples in terms of Afican languages or elsewhere?

Thanks
David Sutcliffe
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
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Message 2: Western Himalayan Tibeto- Burman

Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 05:46:29 +0530
From: kavita rastogi <krastogisatyam.net.in>
Subject: Western Himalayan Tibeto- Burman



Dear linguists,

I am working on a Western Himalayan Tibeto- Burman language.I have 
collected enough data.I want to know is there any software for 
language analysis that can sort out phonemes?

Thanks
Kavita
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