- May 11, 2013"Nice! And is your conlang spoken with different accents in your
conworld (if you have one)?"--Leonardo
Well by* World* you mean like Tolkien, fantasy-stuff...no.
But I am making a low-budget, YouTube movie in this language (I'm a total
amateur!). I have some scenes filmed, already and its going well.
The *World* in this movie is present-day Earth and it plays with "What if
English was not the dominate language?" (Ehenív takes the place of
English--English is a minority language).
Yes, I have a bit of a superiority complex. LOL
On 11 May 2013 08:33, H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...> wrote:
> On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 09:32:36AM -0300, Leonardo Castro wrote:
> > Do you folks have your own conaccents? Do they apply only to your own
> > conlangs or to natlagns too?
> > Have you alreday created any conaccent to be used by yourself in a
> > natlang (maybe your native one)?
> Conaccent? Are you talking about prosody? Or dialectal differences in a
> Tatari Faran definitely has its own flavor of prosody... I've yet to
> work it all out, but so far, I've found some rather interesting
> patterns. For example, if only one NP is present:
> tara' sa tapa bata.
> 3SG CVY walk FIN
> [tâ4a? sa tapá bata]
> He is walking.
> TF is pitch-accented, so I'm transcribing with IPA pitches/tones here.
> Note that the verb _tapa_, which has lexical stress on the 2nd syllable,
> is assigned high pitch in this case, followed by the finalizer _bata_
> which is always pronounced with low pitch. The first NP _tara' sa_ also
> "receives stress", meaning that lexical stress within its constituents
> are expressed as high pitch.
> Now if an additional NP were added to the clause:
> tara' sa tapa misanan dei bata.
> tara' sa tapa misanan nei bata.
> 3SG CVY walk village RCP FIN
> [tâ4a? sā tapà misânan dej bata]
> He is walking to the village.
> Here, the presence of the second NP before the finalizer changes the
> intonation pattern: the second NP "receives stress", but now the verb
> _tapa_ is pronounced with low pitch -- its lexical stress is not
> expressed. In fact, it's almost as though it now receives "low pitch
> stress", such that even the case particle _sa_, which is never stressed,
> is now assigned a mid-level pitch.
> However, if an adverb is present, then the verb's lexical stress is
> expressed again:
> tara' sa tapa tsat misanan dei bata.
> tara' sa tapa tsat misanan nei bata.
> 3SG CVY walk fast village RCP FIN
> [tâ4a? sa tapá ts)at misânan dej bata]
> He is walking quickly to the village.
> If there are two NPs following the verb, the prosody changes again:
> tara' sa tapa buta' kei misanan dei bata.
> tara' sa tapa buta' kei misanan nei bata.
> 3SG CVY walk hut ORG village RCP FIN
> [tâ4a? sā tapà butá? keī misânan dej bata]
> He is walking from the hut to the village.
> There's a feature here I don't quite know how to represent in the IPA:
> the high pitch in the NP _misanan dei_ is pronounced higher than in the
> NP _buta' kei_. One might say that this sentence has 3 peaks: at the
> beginning of the sentence with the first NP, falling into a valley at
> the verb _tapa_, then rising to a (lower) peak in _buta' kei_, then to a
> higher peak in _misanan dei_, then falling back to a low-pitch valley in
> the finalizer _bata_.
> Interestingly enough -- and this is what I've only recently noticed --
> this prosodic contour means that the NP immediately before the finalizer
> receives more stress than the NP preceding it, which makes it more
> preferable to place an NP you want to emphasize in that position. So in
> the example above, "to the village" is emphasized; if we were to swap
> the two NPs following the verb, then it would be "from the hut" that
> would be emphasized. This would be the more unusual word order, since
> generally speaking, one would tend to emphasize the destination of an
> action more than its origin. IOW, prosody in TF has an effect on word
> order preference! I was quite happy to discover this emergent effect.
> This isn't all there is to TF prosody, of course. Adding adjectives into
> the mix also changes the way NPs are stressed. Furthermore, there are a
> small number of words that have inherently low lexical pitch (I called
> them enclitics, but I'm not so sure that's the correct term anymore).
> These words alter the prosody by forcing the pitch to be low even when
> the NP they occur in "receive stress". Some words like _tse_ ("you
> (sg)") go so far as to even force adjacent case particles to become high
> pitch, even though they would never do so otherwise. This makes for
> unusual reversals of the usual prosodic contours, which may have
> consequences on NP ordering within the clause (I haven't fully explored
> the consequences yet).
> The early bird gets the worm. Moral: ewww...
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