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Title: Tonal Contour and Register Harmony in Chaozhou
Authors: Bao, Z. 
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Bao, Z. (1999). Tonal Contour and Register Harmony in Chaozhou. Linguistic Inquiry 30 (3) : 485-493. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The analysis of tone sandhi in Chaozhou, a Southern Min dialect of Chinese, is shown to depend crucially on the model chosen to represent contour tones. As the register or pitch height of a non-phrase-final 53 or 213 contour tone is conditioned by the register of the following tone, an Africanist model in which contours are represented as concatenations of level tones fails to give the straightforward account available in two Asianist models: one proposed by Moira Yip & other writers in which register dominates contour, & Bao's proposal that register & contour are sisters. Contour is an integral part of tone in both models, & rules of contour metathesis & register harmony are easily formulated; an underspecification approach is forced if phrase-final tones in Chaozhou are to be derived from the sandhi variants. J. Hitchcock.
Source Title: Linguistic Inquiry
ISSN: 00243892
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