Tonal reassociation and rising tonal contours in Naxi

Abstract : Western Naxi (纳语, 纳西语) has three tones (High, Mid and Low) plus a more recent rising contour tone. The first part of the article describes the synchronic process whereby the reduction of a morpheme carrying a High tone results in re-association of its tone to the preceding syllable, creating a rising contour. The second part presents the lexical items that carry a rising tone: ‘native' words carrying a rising contour tone point to the use of High-tone addition in possessive constructions at an earlier stage. The numerous Chinese loanwords with rising tone are probably not the origin of the rising tone of Naxi; they arguably led to the consolidation of a pre-existing rising-tone category.
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Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, Dept. of Linguistics, University of California, 2006, 29(1), pp. 61-94


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Alexis Michaud. Tonal reassociation and rising tonal contours in Naxi. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, Dept. of Linguistics, University of California, 2006, 29(1), pp. 61-94. <hal-00130329>

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