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Lecture

Fine phonetic details in phonological typology: Uncommon onset and tone interaction in Chinese dialects

Date
Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time
Series
Chinese Linguistics in Leiden (CHILL)
Location
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room
1.03

Abstract

Exploring fine phonetic details of phonological structures is becoming the central goal of phonological typology. In this talk, I will show how fine phonetic details can help us have a better understanding on two puzzles lingering in the topic of onset and tone interaction in Chinese dialects. They are: i) Is aspiration-induced tonal split an on-going change in Lili Wu Chinese? and ii) Is onset voicing or vowel breathiness the main feature signaling the interaction of the laryngeal contrast and the low-rising tone in Shuangfeng Xiang Chinese? The typological significance of examining both puzzles will also be discussed.

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