Construction sensitivity in Pingyao tone sandhi

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Abstract

This paper investigates tone sandhi phenomena in Pingyao, a Jin dialect spoken in Shanxi province in China. Pingyao tone sandhi is special in that tone sandhi in bi-syllabic strings is construction sensitive, but tone sandhi in tri-syllabic strings is not fully conditioned by construction types. Based on Optimality Theory (OT), this paper proposes analyses for bi-tonal and tri-tonal sandhi in Pingyao. We show that while bi-tonal sandhi can be accounted for by assuming that there are different grammars associated with different construction types, the lack of construction sensitivity in certain tri-syllabic strings suggests that the association between construction types and phonological grammars can be sacrificed to comply with a higher demand. In Pingyao, the higher demand is to avoid having a tri-tonal string with marked tone sandhi domain from being associated with conflicting grammars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-209
Number of pages67
JournalTaiwan Journal of Linguistics
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 8

Keywords

  • Construction sensitive tone sandhi
  • Directionality
  • Optimality Theory
  • Pingyao

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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