Juliet Capulet (euphoric1dr) wrote in linguaphiles,
Juliet Capulet

survey on tonal languages, just for fun

i'm thinking its okay to be biased with answers on this, since everyone has a personal connection/affection for their native tongue or whatever language they've taken a passion to.

So after hanging out this evening with my Vietnamese, half-Thai, and Punjabi friends, and overhearing two girls speaking in Cantonese (that my Vietnamese friend so kindly enlightened us with this knowledge =P i was inspired to ask some questions to you guys, just get some feedback on opinions with the following.

1. Which tonal language is the hardest to learn, for whatever reason?

2. Which tonal language has the most tones, or sounds/varying degrees of voice inflection?

3. Which tonal language is known for being quite aesthetically pleasing - hm, sorry I know this is rather subjective because after all beauty, even in sound, is in the..uh..ear of the beholder?

4. Which tonal language is most widely spoken in the Western regions of the US?

5. Which tonal language is most widely spoken in the Eastern regions of the US?

6. Which tonal language would you consider, nowadays, to be most useful for knowing?

7. Which tonal language is best known for having a rich literature background/history?

I will probably have more questions come to mind later, but that's all I can think of for now :p

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