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Gender and tonality of languages
Topic Started: Dec 29 2017, 05:06:53 AM (23 Views)
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Male Oto-Manguean-speakers train distinguishing between different tones when practicing whistled languages. That would be in accordance with van Driem's father tongue hypothesis.

However, according to a recent report, the utterances of Han and Nso infants already have features specific for for Mandarin and Lamnso as tonal languages. On top of that, Mandarin "motherese" might increase the tendency to distinguish between different tones.

So are there both tonal father tongues and tonal mother tongues? In any case, Frazier 2013 noticed gender-specific differences between the ways Yucatecan men and women can utter tones. And that reminds me of people from Mandarin courses speaking in IMO non-masculine ways. Could they have been speaking "motherese" instead of masculine Mandarin?

Sources:
see above plus
Frazier 2013: "The Phonetics of Yucatec Maya and the Typology of Laryngeal Complexity"
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