Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Prominence from complexity: Capturing Tianjin ditonal patterns

Language

English

Abstract

© The Author(s) 2015.This paper explores the six ditonal sandhi that spawn from an inventory of four tones (Low, High, Rising, and Falling) in an attempt to provide an account for why only certain ditonal combinations trigger alternation but not others. Earlier accounts have relied on Obligatory Contour Principle (OCP) applying to adjacent syllables both at the level of the full tone contour and also of the tonal features that comprise the contour. Another account has explained sandhi in terms of leveling across syllables so that excessive contours are avoided. A careful exploration reveals that neither of these approaches is adequate, nor are some of their stipulations necessary. Instead, a more viable solution might be found if we accept that Tianjin prosody is right-headed such that prosodic prominence is reflected through tone complexity. To this end, I propose the Head Tone Complexity (HTC) constraint that partners with OCP to generate the attested ditonal sandhi patterns.

Keywords

OCP, Prosodic prominence, Tianjin, Tone complexity, Tone sandhi

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Language and Linguistics -Taipei- = 語言暨語言學

Volume

16

Issue

6

Start Page

897

End Page

926

Publisher

Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica

DOI

10.1177/1606822X15602614

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1606822X15602614

ISSN (print)

1606822X

ISSN (electronic)

23095067

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