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Sound Systems of Mandarin Chinese and English: a comparison

Chin, Tsung

Published by LINCOM, 2006
ISBN 10: 389586322X / ISBN 13: 9783895863226
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Title: Sound Systems of Mandarin Chinese and ...

Publisher: LINCOM

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Neu

Dust Jacket Condition: Gut

Edition: 1. Auflage


This is a book on the sound systems of Mandarin Chinese and English. It takes a contrastive approach by first analyzing English and then using the same framework for Chinese. The book focuses on the basic concepts for the understanding of Mandarin sound system. It describes the basic units of meaning, zi (words), as morpheme-syllables. The 405 morpheme-syllables in Mandarin form a closed set before tones are added. The components in the syllable are analyzed in terms of consonants and vowels, and divided into initials and finals by a binary approach used in traditional Chinese linguistics. In this book, an original view is illustrated on the positional analysis of the syllable and the selection of vowels heading the groups of finals in the binary system. The four tones are shown to form a symmetrically balanced system with the phonetic variations explained in concise and simple terms. The placement of tone marks which often causes confusion is also demonstrated to follow well-motivated rules. This book provides insights for speakers of English and Chinese about their languages. It can be used as a textbook on Chinese phonetics, or as a reader for students of Chinese as a second language. Linguistic concepts are explained in plain language supplemented by analogies, examples, and reinforcing exercises. Learning problems are pointed out, causes explained, and remedies suggested. Table of Contents Division 1: The Chinese Language Section I: What Is Chinese Section II: The Dialects Section III: Mandarin Section IV: Mono-Syllabicity, the Morpheme and the Morpheme Syllable Division 2: Linguistic Concepts Section V: Pronunciation vs. Spelling Section VI: Phonetics Section VII: Consonants, Vowels, and the Syllable Division 3: English Sound System Section VIII: Minimal Pairs and Phonemes Section IX: English Consonants Section X: Allophones and Assimilation Section XI: English Vowels Division 4: Mandarin Sound System Section XII: Mandarin Consonants Section XIII: Mandarin Vowels Section XIV: Mandarin Syllable Structure Section XV: Mandarin Tones Division 5: Traditional Chinese Phonology Section XVI: Reverse Correspondence and Twin Initial-Double Final Section XVII: Binary Initial+Final Analysis of the Mandarin Syllable Section XVIII: Combinatory Constrains and Mandarin Syllables Division 6: Phonetic Systems Section XIX: The Three Major Romanization Systems and Their Comparison Section XX: The National Phonetic Alphabet Mandarin Initials Mandarin Syllables Index ISBN 389586322X. LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 70. 144pp. 2006. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895863226

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