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, Two theoretical possibilities are open : to forbid attachment of a floating tone onto a syllable that has lexical H tone, or to allow all floating tones to attach to the preceding syllable

/. Mh, H/ sequences surface as

H. and /. Lh,

, There is no language-internal evidence to help us choose among these two hypotheses: phonologically, there are no phenomena which discriminate between the syllables which would carry

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