The Structure of Tone

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This book argues a fresh theory about the structure of tone. Bao investigates a wide range of tone sandhi data from various Chinese dialects and other Asian tone languages, providing empirical support for his proposal that tone is a formal entity which consists of register and contour. Bao establishes a clear typological distinction between register tone languages and contour tone languages whose contour tones have a more complex structure.

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Overview

This book argues a fresh theory about the structure of tone. Bao investigates a wide range of tone sandhi data from various Chinese dialects and other Asian tone languages, providing empirical support for his proposal that tone is a formal entity which consists of register and contour. Bao establishes a clear typological distinction between register tone languages and contour tone languages whose contour tones have a more complex structure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195118803
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 264
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Theories of Tone: A Survey 10
Ch. 3 The Representation of Tone 45
Ch. 4 The Autosegmental Nature of Tone 116
Ch. 5 Tone in Phonological Representation 145
Ch. 6 The Mid Tone 181
Ch. 7 Epilogue 200
Notes 218
Appendix 229
References 241
Index 251
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