John writes: >Douglas Koller, Latin & French scripsit: > >> This is interesting. When I've heard natives talk about their own >> dialect, they usually inflate the number of tones (e.g.: Cantonese >> speakers will say they have 10+ tones; > >Well, you can make a case for 11 tonemes in Cantonese: a yin and a >yang tone for >each open syllable, 3 for closed syllables, and two "changed" tones >which (unlike ordinary tones) are morphemes of a sort. >At the etic level, though, there are only 6-7. I'll buy this. At the etic level (which is where I hang), I opt for six.