Ulrike Mosel umosel at LINGUISTIK.UNI-KIEL.DE
Wed Jan 7 12:52:17 UTC 2009

Dear all,
there are two /a/ in Tolai. both with distinctive length. The Tolai 
Phonology is outlined in Mosel  1980 Tolai and Tok Pisin, Pacific 
Linguistics B 73, Canberra: A.N.U.,
Best wishes for 2009,

r.clark at schrieb:
> I don't know the Tolai material, and I believe the manuscript sources of this dictionary are rather complex. But going by his other work, it would not be surprising to find Lanyon-Orgill introducing unnecessary and indeed even quite arbitrary distinctions. I'm quite sure he did this in his monograph on Luangiua, which is based entirely on Hogbin's published vocabulary. Lanyon-Orgill's frequent references to original fieldwork have yet to be verified.
> Ross Clark
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> Subject: [An-lang] Tolai
> Dear All,
> I have been using Peter Lanyon-Orgill's
> dictionary of Raluana (=Tolai, Kuanua, Tuna) and
> find that he distinguishes four different
> qualities of /a/ by various diacritical marks: a
> long /a/, a short /a/ with a short-vowel mark
> over it, an /ä/ and an unmarked /a/. On the other
> hand the SIL Tolai language course  by Franklin
> and Kerr writes only one /a/.
> Lanyon Orgill is consistent in his transcription
> of the diacritics over /a/ -- that is, for words
> with /a/ that are listed in various different
> places in the dictionary, he consistently gives
> the same diacritical marking.
> Does anyone know how to interpret these facts: is
> it that the dialect described in the lessons has
> merged several different phonemes, or has L-O
> over differentiated and standardized the
> spellings to create consistency.
> I would be grateful for an explanation.
> Further, Lanyon-0rgill distinguishes /w/ and /v/
> whereas the Tolai lessons give only one phoneme
> /v/. Again, I would appreciate a definitive
> explanation, although in this case, based on what
> L-O says in his introduction and the numerous
> doublets ,I tentatively conclude that L-O has
> over-differentiated.
> In any case, to anyone who can inform me or lead
> me to a source for the answer I would be grateful.
> John Wolff
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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Mosel
Seminar für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Kiel
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