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Adam Walker scripsit:

> Some Sinitic languages have more than six.  Taiwanese only has six now,
> but historically had seven.  IIRC on dialect of Wu has seven today, and
> Cantonese is variously analyzed as having between six and nine tones.
> I can't think of any other examples at present, but I seem to remember
> some language somewhere with eleven.

Cantonese has 11 tones at the emic level: split ping, shang, and qu
tones; high, medium, and low ru tones; and two "changed" (morphemic)
tones.  Etically there are only six, or seven in older usage.

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