The Diachrony of Tone Sandhi

Evidence from Southern Min Chinese

  • Qing Lin

Part of the Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics book series (FiCL, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Qing Lin
    Pages 1-22
  3. Qing Lin
    Pages 45-56
  4. Qing Lin
    Pages 57-81
  5. Qing Lin
    Pages 83-103
  6. Qing Lin
    Pages 105-109
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 111-119

About this book


This book investigates the diachronic change of the tone sandhi of Southern Min Chinese, which is known for its synchronic arbitrariness and opacity. It argues that in final-prominent tone sandhi, the change of final tones and the change of non-final tones can be highly independent and essentially different from each other. Accordingly, it proposes a new position-based diachronic approach to study the separate evolution of tones occurring at different positions. This book is the first study to rigorously and systematically explore the diachrony of Southern Min tone sandhi.


Tone Sandhi Southern Min Chinese Tone Circle Sound Change Prosodic Positions

Authors and affiliations

  • Qing Lin
    • 1
  1. 1.Guangdong University of Foreign StudiesGuangzhouChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1938-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1939-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5316
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