Re: [tied] Tonal IE languages

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 4799
Date: 2000-11-22

Also Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovene, Serbian and Croatian have pitch accent (tonal contrasts in accented syllables). Ancient Greek had it too. Danish has no pitch accent, but its "sto/d" is a related phenomenon.
None of these languages (including Punjabi, Swedish and Norwegian) is truly tonal. Technically speaking, they are pitch-accent languages.
----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis King
Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2000 9:39 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Tonal IE 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