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Title: Neutral Tone in Mandarin: Phonotactic Description and the Issue of the Norm
Authors: Chen, C.-y. 
Issue Date: 1984
Citation: Chen, C.-y. (1984). Neutral Tone in Mandarin: Phonotactic Description and the Issue of the Norm. Journal of Chinese Linguistics 12 (2) : 299-333. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Neutral tone in Mandarin is studied & the existence of stressed neutral-toned syllables in addition to weak-stressed toned syllables described. It is noted that while the neutral tone in certain forms does not trigger a sandhi change, in other forms it does. Grammatical approaches to this problem in previous research are found to be inadequate, & an explanation for the phenomenon is proposed: neutral tone & weak stress are two separate entities, & hence do not interact in terms of cause & effect. Certain grammatical morphemes in Mandarin lacking tone at both the deep & surface levels are usually weak-stressed, but even when normal-stressed do not trigger sandhi changes. Lexical neutral tone items are examined & tonal readings of 760 disyllabic lexical items from three dictionary sources are studied. Extensive inconsistencies of tone marking are shown to require revision of dictionary tonal annotation. Modified HA.
Source Title: Journal of Chinese Linguistics
ISSN: 00913723
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