Tone Sandhi: Patterns across Chinese Dialects

Tone Sandhi: Patterns across Chinese Dialects

by Matthew Y. Chen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521033403

ISBN-13: 9780521033404

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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 that undergo often surprising changes when they are connected in speech flow. This tonal alternation is known as tone sandhi. Chen examines tone sandhi phenomena across a variety of…  See more details below

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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 that undergo often surprising changes when they are connected in speech flow. This tonal alternation is known as tone sandhi. Chen examines tone sandhi phenomena across a variety of Chinese dialects. His book is the culmination of a ten-year research project and explores a range of important theoretical issues against a wealth of empirical data not previously accessible to linguists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521033404
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series, #92
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Notational conventions
1Setting the stage1
2Tonal representation and tonal processes53
3Directionality and interacting sandhi processes I98
4Directionality and interacting sandhi processes II150
5From base tones to sandhi forms: a constraint-based analysis174
6From tone to accent219
7Stress-foot as sandhi domain I285
8Stress-foot as sandhi domain II320
9Minimal rhythmic unit as obligatory sandhi domain364
10Phonological phrase as a sandhi domain431
11From tone to intonation475
Concluding remarks504
Bibliographical appendix: Tone sandhi across Chinese dialects507
References523
Subject index545
Author index551

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