The Nature of Variation in Tone Sandhi Patterns of Shanghai and Wuxi Wu

  • Hanbo Yan

Part of the Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics book series (FiCL, volume 4)

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About this book


This book conducts a thorough investigation of the variation in tone sandhi patterns of Shanghai and Wuxi Wu using quantitative rating experiments. Although Shanghai Wu has been well documented, to date there has never been any quantitative study that systematically investigates the factors that influence variability – a research gap this book fills. Further, Wuxi Wu is investigated as an additional case that demonstrates the unique phonological nature of tone sandhi, and how it changes how speakers learn and internalize the variable tone sandhi pattern. The findings presented here will shed new light on important issues of wordhood, the interface of morphosyntax and phonology, and the formal model of variability in phonology.


Tone Sandhi Nature of Tone Shanghai Tone Wuxi Tone Syntactic Structure Semantic Transparency Variation Frequency

Authors and affiliations

  • Hanbo Yan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chinese Studies and ExchangeShanghai International Studies UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6180-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6181-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5316
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