A directional asymmetry in Chinese tone sandhi systems

@article{Zhang2007ADA,
  title={A directional asymmetry in Chinese tone sandhi systems},
  author={Jie Zhang},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
  year={2007},
  volume={16},
  pages={259-302}
}
  • Jie Zhang
  • Published 23 August 2007
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of East Asian Linguistics
Chinese tone sandhi systems are often classified as left-dominant or right-dominant depending on the position of the syllable retaining the citation tone. An asymmetry exists between the two types of systems: left-dominant sandhi often involves rightward extension of the initial tone to the entire sandhi domain; right-dominant sandhi, however, often involves default insertion and paradigmatic neutralization of nonfinal tones. I argue that the extension of a tone to a larger domain may serve two… 

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