The Phonology of Standard Chinese

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
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This is the first comprehensive account of and introduction to Chinese phonology. It covers several areas that were previously thought to be either absent in Chinese, or not phonological issues, e.g. stress, the definition of the word, the word length problem, and the word order problem. It also offers new analyses of several traditional topics, such as the phonemic inventory, allophonic variation, syllable structure, the [r] suffix, tone, and Tone 3 Sandhi. Unnecessary jargon is avoided and relevant theories are introduced in a non-technical way, so that the contents are accessible to a broad audience.
 

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Contents

THE SOUND INVENTORY
12
COMBINATIONS AND VARIATION
51
THE WORD
96
5
124
7
144
8
173
9
179
1
195
BASIC PROPERTIES
209
TONE 3 SANDHI T3S
237
FURTHER ISSUES
255
THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS
268
Full Syllables in SC
274
References
285
Index
299
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San Duanmu is Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT in 1990 and has held a teaching post at Fudan University, Shanghai (1981-86).

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