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Query Details

Query Subject:   Taiwanese (Min dialect)
Author:   Tong Miu Sim Malindy
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Subject Language(s):  Chinese, Min Nan

Query:   Tue, 09 Dec 1997 13:04:26 +0800
Taiwanese (Min dialect)

I am beginning a thesis which is going to be a phonetic analysis of
Taiwanese (NOT Taiwan Mandarin). What I have in mind is going to do a
detailed analysis of the vowel and tonal system of the
dialect. Unfortunatly, all the information and references that I have
got so far are solely on tone. I in fact quite desparately need to
know where the reference(s) of Taiwanese phonology can be found and
obtained. Taiwanese is a Min dialect which phonological system should
be highly similar to Amoy spoken in Hsia Men on the South coast of
Mainland China. If there is sufficient responses, a reference list
will be complied and posted on the Linguist List.

Thank you.
Malindy Tong
LL Issue: 8.1767
Date posted: 10-Dec-1997


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