The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
This study explores the weak syllable in disyllabic Mandarin words, including its location and difference from the full syllable, and whether the internal structure influences the degree of the syllables weakness. In what follows, we examine tonal variations of a disyllabic words affix and root. We use ANOVA and t-test to compare the tonal contours carried by semantically opaque and transparent affixes, and their counterpart roots. We also employ t-test to compare tonal duration. Our results indicate that there are some differences between full and weak syllables and that the weak syllable is located in the second syllable with regards to tonal contours. We also find that internal structure may be another factor influencing weak syllables.
Index Terms: tone, disyllabic word, weak syllable
Bibliographic reference. Yang, Bei / Yang, Nuoyi (2014): "A preliminary study of tonal influence on weak syllables in Mandarin", In TAL-2014, 185-188.