the common word prosody in Northern Wu

Jianjing Kuang, Jia Tian, Yipei Zhou


This study revisits the phonological representation and phonetic implementation of tone sandhi of Wu dialects by examining three Northern Wu dialects that still have seven or eight monosyllabic tones. It is found that the implementation of tone sandhi is highly variable across tonal categories and dialects, and complete spreading is relatively rare. Despite all kinds of variations, we found that there is a common word prosody template shared by Northern Wu dialects: 1) non-initial syllables also contribute to the sandhi patterns; 2) both initial and non-initial syllables undergo neutralization, with the initial syllable neutralizing contours and the non-initial syllable neutralizing registers. In additionn, because of the reduced pitch range of the non-initial syllables, the contribution of the non-initial syllables is likely to get lost in Wu dialects.


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-2

Cite as: Kuang, J., Tian, J., Zhou, Y. (2018) the common word prosody in Northern Wu. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 7-11, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-2.


@inproceedings{Kuang2018,
  author={ Jianjing Kuang and Jia Tian and Yipei Zhou},
  title={ the common word prosody in Northern Wu},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={7--11},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-2},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-2}
}