Glides, Phonological Status
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The status of the medial onglides (also known as prenuclear or prevocalic glides), i.e., [j], [w] and [ɥ], within the Mandarin syllable has been debated fervently over the past century. Evidence has been applied from phonotactic constraints, morphophonemic processes, poetic alliteration and rhyme, reduplicative language …

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Chris Wen-chao LI, “Glides, Phonological Status”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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