Tone stability is a phenomenon found in tone languages. A segment can be deleted while leaving behind the specification of tone height. This specification is found on a neighboring segment, often creating a contour tone.
In Margi the two morphemes /ng?/ and /y?/ are realized as [ngya]. The vowel [e] is deleted, leaving behind the low tone. This low tone settles on the remaining vowel and forms a contour tone with the original tone of the second vowel.
|IPA||Please add or correct the following transcriptions: correct IPCA for the examples. |
Please remove this block only when the task has been completed.
- Goldsmith 1976. Autosegmental phonology, PhD diss. MIT, Cambridge MA. Distributed by IULC, published by Garland Press, New York, 1979.
|CAT||This article needs proper categorization. You can help Glottopedia by categorizing it|
Please do not remove this block until the problem is fixed.