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Tonal Evolution and Tonal Reconstruction in Chinese

  • Pang-Hsin Ting
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 36)

Abstract

Modern Chinese is a tone language. Traditionally, tonality has also been considered to be a characteristic of Archaic Chinese, a view that has been challenged recently by some scholars. If indeed there were no tones in Archaic Chinese, the origin and evolution of modern tones would present a problem deserving further investigation. In the rich literature of Chinese phonology, we have found tonal classifications and descriptions relevant to the reality of tones of different periods. If there were tones in Archaic Chinese, it would be important to trace the regular path of tonal change throughout the long history of the Chinese language.

Keywords

Tang Dynasty Level Tone Tonal System Sandhi Tone Contour Tone 
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