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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Table of Contents

Preface; Notational conventions; 1. Setting the stage; 2. Tonal representation and tonal processes; 3. Directionality and interacting sandhi processes I; 4. Directionality and interacting sandhi processes II; 5. From base tones to sandhi forms: a constraint-based analysis; 6. From tone to accent; 7. Stress-foot as sandhi domain I; 8. Stress-foot as sandhi domain II; 9. Minimal rhythmic unit as obligatory sandhi domain; 10. Phonological phrase as a sandhi domain; 11. From tone to intonation; Concluding remarks; Bibliographical appendix: tone sandhi across Chinese dialects; References; Subject index; Author index.

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