The answer is yes you can, especially if what you want is a subset of French sentences. You will need more rules for a greater subset. The decision as to when that subset is large enough, is with you. Eventually your rules may also generate sentences which are only marginally grammatical. It is very difficult to scope this problem precisely.


You might try the Oxford Bibliographies entry on tone, by Remijsen, if you can get access. There is a section on tonogenesis, though that is the opposite of the historical trend that you are asking about. As far as diachronic change is concerned, there is not much written about tonoexodus, but this article by Ratliff could be helpful. Change from tone to non-...


As others have mentioned, perhaps this is not something that academic linguists care too much about. But it is certainly true that some languages borrow more than others, and it can be quite fun for language learners to identify the "borrowing patterns" in various languages. Here is a rough listing of "heavy", "moderate", and ...

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