Tenyidie: Another African Tone System in Southeast Asia?

Savio Megolhuto Meyase


In this paper, I compare Tenyidie (Angami) with two neighbouring languages Kuki-Thadou and Mizo, which are also Tibeto-Burman, by looking at the similarities and dissimilarities in the tonal aspects, with the knowledge that Kuki-Thadou is known to be an outlier in the language map by showing more of an African tone aspect (Hyman 2007). While Mizo shows up to be a very typical Tibeto-Burman tone language (Sreenivasan 2015), Tenyidie lies somewhere in between Mizo and Kuki-Thadou in its similarities to African tonal characteristics. The properties of ‘contour tone system’ in Pike (1948) fit more for the Mizo contours and those for ‘register tone system’ fit more for Thadou and Tenyidie. However, while the post-lexical phenomena of ‘downstep’ and ‘downdrift’ are present in Thadou, they are absent in both Mizo and Tenyidie.


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-34

Cite as: Meyase, S.M. (2018) Tenyidie: Another African Tone System in Southeast Asia?. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 169-172, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-34.


@inproceedings{Meyase2018,
  author={ Savio Megolhuto Meyase},
  title={ Tenyidie: Another African Tone System in Southeast Asia?},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={169--172},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-34},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-34}
}