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--- On Wed, 10/21/09, Benct Philip Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 2009-10-21 Alex Fink wrote:
> > Mm, good.  I've seen it argued that a voicing
> contrast in onsets (strictly; this doesn't go for e.g. onset
> breathiness)
> > will only precipitate tone when tone is already
> contrastive.
> > 
> 
> That can't have been true of Tibetan.
> 
Nor of Khmer, which is at the voiced stop > breathy ("low register") stage; according to Matisoff AIUI that's the first step toward becoming a tonal language.