Tone sandhi of young Taiwanese speakers
Keywords:tone sandhi, prosody, XP, adjunct, Taiwanese, corpus
AbstractThis paper addresses young Taiwanese speakers' tone sandhi. A young speaker's language is often a mixture of Taiwanese and Mandarin; though understanding Taiwanese, he/she frequently responds in Mandarin. This paper establishes a corpus of "young Taiwanese", which reveals three different tone sandhi patterns from "general Taiwanese". First, a φ-break (sandhi domain break) may occur after a Xhead. Second, a φ-break may occur after an adjunct XP. Finally, a φ is restricted within three syllables. Young speakers seldom speak long Taiwanese expressions; they tend to break a long string into short fragments and match them with smaller syntactic or prosodic junctures.
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