[Lingtyp] tone alone marking plural nouns?

Hilary Chappell hmchappell at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 23:31:55 EDT 2017


Tone sandhi to code plurality is possible in a variety of Sinitic
languages including the Xiang group (Hunan) and Pinghua (Guangxi) but
for the person pronominal systems only .
It does not extend to nouns.
Let me know if you would like some examples of this;
Sincerely,
Hilary Chappell

2017-09-27 5:39 UTC+08:00, Mike Cahill <mike_cahill at sil.org>:
> Hi all,
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> Starting with some research on marking tone in African orthographies, I’ve
> come across 37 languages that mark the singular and plural distinction of
> at least some of their nouns solely by tone. Interestingly, in about 2/3 of mina
> these so far, the plural has some sort of higher tone than the singular.
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> I’m looking for other examples of the same thing, particularly non-African.
> Wayne Leman sent me some Cheyenne examples. In Cheyenne, there seems no
> consistent pattern of either raising or lowering the tone of the plural –
> it’s all over the place.
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> I’m hoping some of you know of other languages that do this kind of thing.
> Of course, I’m not averse to hearing about African languages – it may be
> quite possible you know of a language I don’t have on my list yet. Please
> copy me directly (mike_cahill at sil.org) as well as the list!
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> Mike Cahill
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