Rù 入 Tone Development in Mandarin Dialects
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The term entering tone (rùshēng 入聲) in its most basic meaning refers to the Middle Chinese (MC) short tone on syllables with -p, -t, -k stop endings. The Yuánhé yùnpǔ 元和韻譜 of the Táng dynasty (618–907) notes that “the entering tone is straight and short”. According to this record, we know that the clipped entering tone seen today in…

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Hongzhi WANG, “Rù 入 Tone Development in Mandarin Dialects”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000369>
First published online: 2015

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