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The Prosodic Structure of Mandarin Chinese Syllable and Moraic Length

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2015, (28), pp.413-433
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2015..28.016
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : May 30, 2015

송시황 1

1한국외국어대학교 박사후연구원

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ABSTRACT

In light of CV theory, X-bar theory and moraic theory, this essay studies the prosodic hierarchy structure of mandarin Chinese Syllables. We propose that, (a) according to the natural pronunciation and isochronous principle, the deep structure of third tone should be a low pitch 21, rather than a full falling-rising tone 214.(b) Mandarin Chinese syllable is a double-mora structure which takes two chronemes. (c) Initials and alliterations are front mora while finals are back mora. (d) The essential vowel could either be the front mora or the back mora, which also reflects that it is decisive to Chinese syllable.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.