Elision and Tone Sandhi in the Tianjin Dialect

Lian Hee Wee, Hong Kong Baptist University


In the Tianjin dialect, casual utterance of familiar trisyllabic sequences often induces deletion of phonological segments. Depending on the positions of the deleted segments, syllable weight is affected. This paper argues that in the Tianjin dialect, the mora is the tone-bearing unit to which tonal features are preassociated. Thus reduction of mora count modifies tonal specifications, which in turn affect the kinds of tone sandhi found in casual Tianjin utterances.