Tone sandhi

Tone sandhi is a phonological change occurring in tonal languages, in which the tones assigned to individual words or morphemes change based on the pronunciation of adjacent words or morphemes.[1] It usually simplifies a bidirectional tone into a one-direction tone.[2] It is a type of sandhi, or fusional change, from the Sanskrit word for "joining".

  1. ^ Yip, Moira (2002). Tone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521774451.
  2. ^ Wang, William S-Y. (1967). "Phonological features of tone". International Journal of American Linguistics. 33 (2): 93–105. doi:10.1086/464946. JSTOR 1263953. S2CID 144701899.

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