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Title:More Universals of Tone

This paper reviews some “tone universals” that were previously proposed, and proposes three additional cross-linguistic tonal tendencies: (a) floating tones migrate rightward, (b) words with all-Low tones are dispreferred, and (c) a HLH phonetic sequence is dispreferred. These are violated often enough so that the term "universal" is overly ambitious, but they occur across a wide areal and genetic variety of languages, so a complete typology of tone should include and account for these.

Contributor (author):Cahill, Michael
Date (W3CDTF):2007
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/7816
Extent:10 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/7816
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Working Papers 2007-007
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):GH
Subject:Konni language
Tone; Optimality theory
Subject (ISO639):kma
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Cahill, Michael. 2007. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2007-007.
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Country: Ghana
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