Consonantal onset and lexical tone interaction in Chinese dialects
- Monday 28 January 2019
2311 BD Leiden
It has long been known that consonantal onset and lexical tone interact in a lot of tonal languages. Commonly, a voiceless consonant tends to be compatible with a high tone, while a voiced consonant tends to be compatible with a low tone ([voiceless/H]-[voiced/L]). However, in some Chinese dialects bearing a three-way laryngeal contrast of obstruents (i.e., voiceless unaspirated, voiceless aspirated, and voiced), different patterns of the interaction have also been found. In this talk, I am going to introduce two uncommon patterns observed in Chinese dialects: ‘aspiration-induced tonal split’ phenomenon and ‘voiceless-voiced tonal merger’ phenomenon. The formation of both phenomena and their typological significance will also be discussed.