Tone Sandhi: Patterns across Chinese Dialects

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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.
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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

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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

Notational conventions
1 Setting the stage 1
2 Tonal representation and tonal processes 53
3 Directionality and interacting sandhi processes I 98
4 Directionality and interacting sandhi processes II 150
5 From base tones to sandhi forms: a constraint-based analysis 174
6 From tone to accent 219
7 Stress-foot as sandhi domain I 285
8 Stress-foot as sandhi domain II 320
9 Minimal rhythmic unit as obligatory sandhi domain 364
10 Phonological phrase as a sandhi domain 431
11 From tone to intonation 475
Concluding remarks 504
Bibliographical appendix: Tone sandhi across Chinese dialects 507
References 523
Subject index 545
Author index 551
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