The Sounds of Chinese / Edition 1

The Sounds of Chinese / Edition 1

by Yen-Hwei Lin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521603986

ISBN-13: 9780521603980

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This accessible textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Standard Chinese, designed for English-speaking students with no prior knowledge of linguistics. It explains from scratch the fundamentals of articulatory phonetics (the study of how speech sounds are produced) and phonology (the study of sound systems), and clearly applies them to the phonetic

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This accessible textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Standard Chinese, designed for English-speaking students with no prior knowledge of linguistics. It explains from scratch the fundamentals of articulatory phonetics (the study of how speech sounds are produced) and phonology (the study of sound systems), and clearly applies them to the phonetic and phonological properties of Chinese. Topics covered include consonants, vowels, syllable structure, tone, stress, intonation, loan words and different varieties of Standard Chinese. Clear comparisons with English sounds are given wherever relevant, along with practical pronunciation advice. All the sounds described are demonstrated by native speakers on the audio CD (included) and over fifty graded exercises are provided, encouraging students to put their knowledge into practice. Building a solid understanding of how Chinese sounds work, this text will be invaluable to students of Chinese wishing to improve their pronunciation, their teachers, and students of Chinese linguistics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521603980
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,005,408
Product dimensions:
6.89(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Consonants; 3. Vowels and glides; 4. Tone; 5. Syllable structure; 6. Phonetic transcription and Pinyin; 7. Segmental processes I; 8. Segmental processes II; 9. Tonal processes; 10. Stress and intonation; 11. Loanword adaptation; 12. Variation in Standard Chinese; Appendices.

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