Tone Evolution

The Uni- and Multi-Phonational Tone Systems on the Jianghan Plain
 
Edition number: 1st ed. 2024
Publisher: Springer
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ISBN13:9789819700011
ISBN10:9819700019
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:245 pages
Size:235x155 mm
Language:English
Illustrations: 73 Illustrations, black & white; 138 Illustrations, color
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Short description:

This book provides a start of defining the uni- and multi-phonational tone systems of geographically-connected dialects under a phonation-pitch tonal model. It also demonstrates an interpretation of the contemporary ongoing tonal variations and varieties from the perspective of language evolution. Acoustic data are collected from five adjacent counties on the Jianghan Plain in China, where two varieties of Southwestern Mandarin and one variety of Gan Dialect are spoken. Falsetto and breathy phonations are applied in this area for phonological distinction, and thus the modal-only dialects co-occur with the di-phonational (falsetto and modal) and tri-phonational (falsetto, modal, and breathy) ones. The acoustic and perceptual analyses are conducted to define tones under the Multi-Register Four-Level Tonal Model, a frame considering both pitch and phonation for the definition of tones.  The synchronic variations and varieties within and across speakers/dialects are interpreted in the dynamic interplay of tones mainly governed by phonetic and phonological reasons. The inner-system tonal differences of individual dialectal varieties together with the general distributive patterns of tones in this area are evaluated to determine the paths of tone evolution.

Fresh for it exploring the definition and linguistic meaning of the dynamic modal- and non-modal tones, the book benefits researchers with data, research methods, and insight and helps the language teachers and learners understand and learn tones with what the lexical tones really are.  The book is also written for the readers curious of tones and tone languages.

Long description:
This book provides a start of defining the uni- and multi-phonational tone systems of geographically-connected dialects under a phonation-pitch tonal model. It also demonstrates an interpretation of the contemporary ongoing tonal variations and varieties from the perspective of language evolution. Acoustic data are collected from five adjacent counties on the Jianghan Plain in China, where two varieties of Southwestern Mandarin and one variety of Gan Dialect are spoken. Falsetto and breathy phonations are applied in this area for phonological distinction, and thus the modal-only dialects co-occur with the di-phonational (falsetto and modal) and tri-phonational (falsetto, modal, and breathy) ones. The acoustic and perceptual analyses are conducted to define tones under the Multi-Register Four-Level Tonal Model, a frame considering both pitch and phonation for the definition of tones.  The synchronic variations and varieties within and across speakers/dialects are interpreted in the dynamic interplay of tones mainly governed by phonetic and phonological reasons. The inner-system tonal differences of individual dialectal varieties together with the general distributive patterns of tones in this area are evaluated to determine the paths of tone evolution.

Fresh for it exploring the definition and linguistic meaning of the dynamic modal- and non-modal tones, the book benefits researchers with data, research methods, and insight and helps the language teachers and learners understand and learn tones with what the lexical tones really are.  The book is also written for the readers curious of tones and tone languages.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Introduction.- Chapter 2 The Jianghan Plain and the Co-occurrence of Uni- and Multi-Register Tone Systems.- Chapter 3 Songzi Dialects: Uni- and Di-register Tone Systems.- Chapter 4 Shayang: Uni- and Di-register Tone Systems.- Chapter 5 Gong?an: Changing Tone Systems.- Chapter 6 Shishou: Systems of Five to Six Tones Depending on the Moving Qingqu.- Chapter 7 Jianli: Tri-, Di-, and Uni-register Tone Systems.- Chapter 8 Definition and Evolution of the Tone Systems in Uni- and Multi-Phonational Languages Bibliography and References.