International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
With Emphasis on Tone Languages

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Minor Syllable Tones in Kammu

Jan-Olof Svantesson, Anastasia Mukhanova Karlsson

Department of Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden

The existence of sesquisyllabic words consisting of one 'minor' and one 'major' syllable is often mentioned as a characteristic property of the Mon-Khmer language group, but the existence of contrastive tones on minor syllables has been described only for (Northern) Kammu. In this article we investigate the acoustic properties of the the minor syllable tones, and also give a brief overview of their morphology and their historical development.

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Bibliographic reference.  Svantesson, Jan-Olof / Karlsson, Anastasia Mukhanova (2004): "Minor syllable tones in Kammu", In TAL-2004, 177-180.