International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
With Emphasis on Tone Languages

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Tonal Neutralization in Chinese: a Cross-Dialectal Perspective

Lei Liang

Department of Chinese, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

The general aim of this paper is to elucidate the nature of the tonal neutralization and the relationship between the neutral tone and (weak) stress in Chinese. Although there has been increased recent interest in various prosodic aspects of this language, most of the previous studies mainly focused on the interaction of tone and intonation. Relatively little attention has been paid to stress, especially stress in different dialects. It is hypothesized that a cross-dialectal study of the neutral tone will make us have a better understanding of prosody in general and the interaction between tone and stress.

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Bibliographic reference.  Liang, Lei (2004): "Tonal neutralization in Chinese: a cross-dialectal perspective", In TAL-2004, 123-124.