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On Mon, 26 Jan 2004, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> For a specific language, you're also allowed to use the traditional numbering
> of tones, and supply the number as an X-SAMPA diacritic. Eg, Chinese [ma_1]
> for the first tone. Not that this is potentially ambiguous, since [a_1] could
> also be a diphthong. That partic'lar problem goes away in CXS, but rears its
> head again in the second tone - [a_2].

Unless of course you use the approach where /a2)/ is the diphthong and
/a_2/ is /a/ on the second tone (IIUC, [a_2] wouldn't make sense because
there's no phonetic second tone).

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Tristan