Abstract: Right-dominant tone sandhi is found in many southern Wu varieties. In disyllabic words, the final syllable is mostly unchanged from the isolation form; the initial syllable changes according to the environment. This paper compares the environments of the changes from isolation form in three varieties of Lishui, and one each of Longquan, Qingtian, Wenzhou and Wencheng. The differences between the varieties show both typological homogeneity, but the variation between isolation and sandhi tone is startlingly heterogeneous. The variation within the Lishui varieties is less than that between the other varieties, but is still sizeable.

When 08 August 2012
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Dr William Steed, Lecturer and Honours Coordinator, Speech Pathology

 

 'Homo- and Heterogeneity in southern Wu Chinese lexical tone sandhi'

Abstract:

Right-dominant tone sandhi is found in many southern Wu varieties. In disyllabic words, the final syllable is mostly unchanged from the isolation form; the initial syllable changes according to the environment. This paper compares the environments of the changes from isolation form in three varieties of Lishui, and one each of Longquan, Qingtian, Wenzhou and Wencheng. The differences between the varieties show both typological homogeneity, but the variation between isolation and sandhi tone is startlingly heterogeneous. The variation within the Lishui varieties is less than that between the other varieties, but is still sizeable.