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Lecture

Consonantal onset and lexical tone interaction in Chinese dialects

Date
Monday 28 January 2019
Time
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
3.08

Abstract

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.

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