Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

6-2003

Keywords

Phonology, Standard Chinese.

Abstract

San Duanmu's eclectic, clearly written approach to the sound pattern of Standard Chinese (or putonghua, China's official lingua franca used by hundreds of millions) could easily serve as an undergraduate text, yet his presentation is rich in theoretical proposals. Explanations are based on a variety of perspectives, from traditional views of the phoneme to feature geometry and optimality theory (OT), each concisely introduced so that the discussion is easy to follow, even for the novice. The result is a flowing, integrated approach that addresses-and solves-some of the thorniest perennial problems in Chinese phonology.

Publication Title

Language

Volume

79

Issue

23

First Page

435

Last Page

436

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Chinese language--Phonology

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Duanmu, San. The phonology of standard Chinese

Genre/Form

reviews (documents)

Type

Text

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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