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Tone Sandhi : Patterns across Chinese Dialects - Matthew Y. Chen

Tone Sandhi

Patterns across Chinese Dialects

Hardcover Published: 8th March 2000
ISBN: 9780521652728
Number Of Pages: 576

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Matthew Chen's landmark study offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the rich and complex patterns of tone used in Chinese languages. Chinese has a wide repertoire of tones which undergo often surprising changes when they are connected in speech flow. The term tone sandhi refers to this tonal alternation. Chen examines tone sandhi phenomena in detail across a variety of Chinese dialects. He explores a range of important theoretical issues such as the nature of tonal representation, the relation of tone to accent, the prosodic domain of sandhi rules, and the interface between syntax and phonology. His book is the culmination of a ten-year research project and offers a wealth of empirical data not previously accessible to linguists. Extensive references and a bibliography on tone sandhi complete this invaluable resource which will be welcomed as a standard reference on Chinese tone.

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"Well-structured, comprehensive and reader-friendly, the book is a genuine encyclopedia of Chinese tone sandhi..." Language "A valuable book that will be of great interest to all phonologists, as well as students of Chinese linguistics." General Linguistics

Notational conventions
Setting the stage
Tonal representation and tonal processes
Directionality and interacting sandhi processes I
Directionality and interacting sandhi processes II
From base tones to sandhi forms: a constraint-based analysis
From tone to accent
Stress-foot as sandhi domain I
Stress-foot as sandhi domain II
Minimal rhythmic unit as obligatory sandhi domain
Phonological phrase as a sandhi domain
From tone to intonation
Concluding remarks
Bibliographical appendix
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ISBN: 9780521652728
ISBN-10: 0521652723
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 8th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.66
Weight (kg): 1.01

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