Reexamine the sandhi rules and the merging tones in Hakka language

Shao Ren Lyu, Ho-hsien Pan

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Abstract

This paper tried to probe the merging tones and the application of sandhi rule for unchecked tones (/24/[33] and /33/[33]) in Hailu variety of Hakka language. Generally speaking, the sandhi rule was applied in both the younger (under 30) and the older (above 50) groups. Tone merging phenomenon (/24/[24] merging toward /33/[33]) was not found in the older group. Yet, the merging phenomenon was found in the younger group. The sandhi rule for /24/ and /33/ was not observed in most of the young speakers. It is proposed that the /24/ and /33/ tones were undergoing sound change by the younger generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event14th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2013 - Lyon, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Hakka
  • Merging tones
  • Sandhi rule
  • Sound change

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