Re: Tonal IE languages

From: Mark Odegard
Message: 4797
Date: 2000-11-21

Lithuanian also seems to have a certain tonality to it. I remember
reading once that archaic Greek may have been this way too.

There indeed seem to be 'tonemic' minimal pairs in certain IE
languages, but this is a long way from from saying they are are actual
tone languages, in the sense used for eastern Asian languages.

> Thomas Nordengen wrote:
> > My language Norwegian is often referred to as a "singing" or tonal
> > language. Are Norwegian and Swedish the only IE tonal languages?
> Panjabi, which is not very different from Hindi/Urdu lexically,
> grammatically, phonologically, nevertheless differs from it and
> other North Indian languages in distinguishing words tonally.
> Dennis King