A Brief Introduction on a Research of Lanzhou Tonal Variation

Li Yi, Tianxin Wen


This paper gives a brief introduction on a research of an ongoing tonal variation in Lanzhou dialect, a northwest Chinese Mandarin. After doing data collection and sample analyses, we find that the tonal variation in this dialect appears in two ways: “Yinping” has two variants: a falling contour and a level contour; “Shangsheng” and “Qusheng” are merging. This phenomenon has been examined from three perspectives: a) phonology of Lanzhou dialect; b) perception test; c) social factors in language variation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/sll.v2n4p244


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