Re: Chinese "departing" tone marks

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 04:59:10 EDT

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    On Thu, 19 Jun 2003 17:38:06 -0500, wrote:

    > That sounds, then, like these are *not* two of the left-stemmed tone
    > letters (mirrors of 02E5..02E9) that I'm going to be including in a
    > proposal for additional modifier characters for tone.

    I noticed that in Yuan Jiahua's authoritative overview of Chinese dialects,
    _Hanyu Fangyan Gaiyao_ (2nd ed., 1980), he uses left-stemmed mirrors of the
    ordinary right-stemmed tone marks to indicate tone sandhi, the unmutated tone
    having a right stem, immediately followed by the mutated tone with a left stem
    (I can send you a scan off-list if you want). The examples he gives include
    marks that look identical to U+02EA and U+02EB, as well as many other left- and
    right-stemmed tone marks that are not currently encoded in Unicode. Are these
    the subject of your proposal by any chance ?


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