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Tones in Zhangzhou

Pitch and Beyond

Author(s): Yishan Huang

Book Description

This book explores the nature of tones in Zhangzhou, an under-described Southern Min variety, based on quantitative analyses of data from 21 native speakers. It will interest students and linguists studying tone in languages of China and elsewhere in the world, in particular as an exemplar in the use of statistical methods to test and establish phonological categories in language. The study finds that realisations of Zhangzhou tones are multidimensional and that Zhangzhou has eight tones, overturning previous studies of seven tones based on the preservation of Middle Chinese tonal categories. The results presented here also suggest that the nature of Zhangzhou tones is morphological. The relationship between sandhi and citation tones is shown to be morphophonemic, while the relationship between phrase-final and citation tones is allophonic.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4421-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4421-4
Date of Publication: 02/02/2020
Pages / Size: 283 / A5
Price: £72.99


Yishan Huang studied in China before gaining her PhD in linguistics at the Australian National University in 2018, with her thesis on tones in the Zhangzhou variety of Southern Min. Her primary research interests reside in segmental and suprasegmental phonetics and phonology of Sinitic languages, with an emphasis on quantitative and statistical methods. Her research extends to investigating syllables and phonotactics in languages of southern China. She is the author of the monograph Zhangzhou Southern Min: Rhyme Tables, Homonyms, Heteronyms, Vernacular Documentation (Lincom, 2019).