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Academic Paper

Title: Tone Change in Taiwanese: Age and geographic factors
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Author: Wi-vun Taiffalo Chiung
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Institution: National Cheng Kung University
Linguistic Field: Phonetics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Chinese, Min Nan
Abstract: Traditionally, there were eight tonal contrasts in Taiwanese. It was reported that tone 2 had merged with tone 6. Therefore, there are only seven tones at present. Among the Taiwanese tones, tone 5 is widely described as a low rising tone (12). However, some scholars such as Ong (1993) have pointed out that tone 5 is a low falling-rising tone (212). Tone 4 and tone 8 have recently been reported that they are merging together. The purpose of this study is to provide a systematic account with regard to the change in Taiwanese tone 5, tone 4, and tone 8, based on acoustic measurements of tone values.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
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