fenlan Posted August 9, 2005 at 11:12 PM Report Share Posted August 9, 2005 at 11:12 PM It is frequently said that Mandarin has little tone sandhi, but this is not exactly right, and I have several books on this subject to try to investigate this subject to improve my poor pronunciation. These were new to me, or kind of made sense, but were not explicity in any books: 1. Tone 1 + Tone 2: no need to make the second tone rising. Sufficient to pronounce as 2 tone 1's. Can native speakers comment on this? If someone said "kun1ming1hua4" instead of "kun1ming2hua4", how will that sound? 2. A book written by a Chinese university professor whose name I forget right now, but who happened to be my Chinese teacher's old teacher, claimed that 3 Tone 3's in a row, should be 2+1+3, eg yi4ba3 hao3yu3san3, can be pronounced yi4ba3 hao2yu1san3, and in fact this is more natural. It is the wave effect of tones occurring together that is difficult for foreigners. These changes may capture that. Can someone comment? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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