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Tone question

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, February 2, 2006, 18:16
As a tone-deaf 'Murkin, I have some questions on tone languages,
especially Mandarin.

First, is there still phrasal intonation, as we have in English,
providing a sort of overall tone arc limiting the range within which
the individual tones operate?

Second, do linguistically-untrained/naive native speakers of toned
languages recognize the relationship between differently-toned
versions of the "same" vowel?  That is, does a Mandarin speaker, even
before encountering Pinyin spelling, automatically recognize that a1
and a2 are variations on a common theme?  Or do they hear them as
utterly distinct and require that the relationship be pointed out,
like that between /b/ and /p/ in English?


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


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