Facilitating and blocking conditions of haplology: A comparative study of Hong Kong cantonese and Taiwan mandarin

Sam Yin Wong, Chu Ren Huang, I. Hsuan Chen

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Haplology is the elimination of one of the twoconsecutive identical sounds or syllables. Siniticlanguages offer an interesting and challengingexample in the study of haplology. Since a syllablecorresponds typically to a morpheme in Siniticlanguages, hence haplology typically eliminates afull morpheme. Thus haplology in Sinitic languageshave implications for the interaction of lexicalforms, lexical semantics, morphology, andphonology. This paper proposes an innovativemethodology to study this complex interface issueby comparing facilitating and blocking conditionsfor haplology in Hong Kong Cantonese and TaiwanMandarin. In the minimal context of two identicallinguistic units, very little linguistic information canbe examined to tease apart contrasting conditionsfor haplology. By comparing two different'dialects', the different conditions can behighlighted. Our study shows that tone sandhi has astronger blocking effect in Hong Kong Cantonese,while frequency has stronger facilitating effect inTaiwan Mandarin.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2018 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Dec 20183 Dec 2018


Conference32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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