Ngwi languages comparative tone box

Cathryn Yang
This is a comparative tone box of the Ngwi branch. Previous research has identified consonantal effects on pitch as important precursors to the phonologization of rising tones. However, evidence from tonal evolution studies in East and Southeast Asian languages suggests that the high register (i.e., tones above mid pitch) is an additional source of rising. The current study examines the plausibility of the high > rising pathway by testing two hypotheses in a ‘dialect laboratory’:...
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