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1. Introduction

This article is concerned with the emergence of contour tone, which is found mainly in languages of East and Southeast Asia (ESA) but also in some American indigenous languages. African-t…

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Xiaonong ZHU, “Tonogenesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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