[Lingtyp] A sample of tonal languages?

Mark Donohue mark at donohue.cc
Sat Jul 14 11:32:08 EDT 2018


For what it's worth, here's the list (not balanced for anything) of the
tone languages in my phonology database; there are more in there that I'm
certain are tonal, but I don't have a description that describes the
suspected systems in any detail whatsoever.
The whole database is 5500 languages, roughly.

-Mark

On 14 July 2018 at 22:52, Larry M. HYMAN <hyman at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Joo - I have a "catalogue" of 665 tone systems in Filemaker Pro. I call it
> a catalogue because it isn't in shape to be widely used as a reliable
> database. It summarizes notes I have taken on these languages.
> I mostly use it for quick reference, although it is possible to get some
> ideas about how many languages have how many/which tones.vSome of our
> Berkeley graduate students have used these notes to do
> various studies of tone systems, also a Tone Systems overview that Will
> Leben and I wrote:
>
> http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/phonlab/documents/2017/Hyman_Leben.pdf
>
> Here's a sample entry, where you can see that it'd be hard to interpret
> some of my fields:
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 7:39 AM, Joo Ian <ian.joo at outlook.com> wrote:
>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>>
>> As I could not find any sample of tonal languages, I am creating my own
>> sample. The goal is to have all language genealogically distinct, and
>> preferably areally evenly distributed as well (although I am not sure
>> whether the areal balance is possible.)
>>
>> I currently have 25 languages in my list:
>>
>>
>>
>> Indo-European/ Eastern Panjabi [pan]
>>
>> Sino-Tibetan/ Mandarin Chinese [cmn]
>>
>> Atlantic-Congo/ Yoruba [yor]
>>
>> Afro-Asiatic/ Somali [som]
>>
>> Austroasiatic/ Vietnamese [vie]
>>
>> Hmong-Mien/ Hmong Daw [mww]
>>
>> Austronesian/ Cemuhî [cam]
>>
>> Nilotic/ Luo (Kenya and Tanzania) [luo]
>>
>> Mayan/ Yucatec Maya [yua]
>>
>> Tupian/ Mundurukú [myu]
>>
>> Trans-New Guinea/ Enga [enq]
>>
>> Uto-Aztecan/ Northern Tepehuan [ntp]
>>
>> Huavean/ San Mateo del Mar Huave [huv]
>>
>> Otomanguean/ Meqzuital Otomi [ote]
>>
>> Chibchan/ Bribri [bzd]
>>
>> Khoe-Kwadi/ Khoekhoe [naq]
>>
>> Mpur/ Mpur [akc]
>>
>> Eyak-Athabaskan/ Navajo [nav]
>>
>> Kx'a/ Northwestern !Kung [vaj]
>>
>> Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit/ Tlingit [tli]
>>
>> Burushaski/ Burushaski [bsk]
>>
>> Sandawe/ Sandawe [sad]
>>
>> Ticuna/ Ticuna [tca]
>>
>> Tucanoan/ Tucano [tuo]
>>
>> Iroquoian/ Cherokee [chr]
>>
>>
>>
>> The goal is to have at least 50 languages. The purpose of making this
>> list is to make a database of Leipzig-Jakarta List of tonal languages to
>> see if certain tones appear more frequently in morphemes for a certain
>> meaning (for example, high tones for ‘small’, low tones for ‘big’.).
>>
>> I would greatly appreciate it if you could add any language from a
>> different language family (or language isolate) to the list. Any comments
>> on the list itself is welcome too.
>>
>>
>>
>> From Hong Kong,
>>
>> Ian Joo
>>
>> http://ianjoo.academia.edu
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From: *Joo Ian <ian.joo at outlook.com>
>> *Sent: *Friday, July 13, 2018 5:44 PM
>> *To: *lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org
>> *Subject: *[Lingtyp] A sample of tonal languages?
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>>
>> I am wondering if there are any studies that used a sizeable sample of
>> tonal languages, areally and genealogically controlled.
>>
>>
>>
>> From Hong Kong,
>>
>> Ian Joo
>>
>> http://ianjoo.academia.edu
>>
>>
>>
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>
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