Differences of tone realization between younger and older speakers of Nanjing dialect

Si Chen, Caroline Wiltshire

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This article investigates differences of tone representation between younger and
older speakers of Nanjing dialect, spoken in the city of Nanjing, China. Nineteen
native speakers, divided into two groups according to their ages, were recruited
and recorded reading monosyllabic and disyllabic words. After vowel
segmentation and extraction of F0 points, statistical analysis was performed on
the slope, maximum, minimum and mean values of tones to explore age
differences. The result shows that for single tones, tone one and four have
differences between these two groups. For disyllabic combinations, there are
three combinations that have the most differences and nine other combinations
that differ to some extent. The article also proves the loss of one tone sandhi
process in the younger group, which may be due to the influence of standard
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-23)
EditorsZhuo Jing-Schmidt
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


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