Re: AP in all of us? New evidence from speech research (Pierre Divenyi )

Subject: Re: AP in all of us? New evidence from speech research
From:    Pierre Divenyi  <pdivenyi(at)MARVA4.NCSC.MED.VA.GOV>
Date:    Thu, 10 May 2001 11:17:00 -0700

I just heard on the radio an interview with a Chinese writer who lived through the Cultural Revolution. Her grandfather was fired from his job because he was screaming at his cat "Out, cat!" Cat in some dialects is "mao", but with a different tone than "Mao". Apparently, because the cat upset him, he changed the tone by mistake and somebody reported him for screaming "Out, Mao!". So, I imagine that tone is VERY important in China if you want to survive. Pierre At 09:37 PM 5/9/01 -0500, Tom Brennan wrote: >I have had very little exposure to any of the Chinese languages but as I >recall, >in linguistics one of the Chinese staff members at the university talked >with us >and told us that the pitch (literal relational inflection) of words determined >the meaning of words which were pronounced the same and inly differed in >pitch. >Is this incorrect? I have not done any work in this area so have only very >limited knowledge of this aspect. > >Tom > > >Tom Brennan, CCC-A/SLP, RHD >web page >web master >web master **************************************************************************** Pierre Divenyi, Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Research (151) V.A. Medical Center, Martinez, CA 94553, USA Phone: (925) 370-6745 Fax: (925) 228-5738 E-mail : pdivenyi(at) ****************************************************************************

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