How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
The fully revised edition of San Duanmu's popular introduction to Chinese phonology reflects recent research and theoretical advances in particular work in feature, syllable, and stress. The author has also added a chapter on rhythm in poetry.