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Syllable StructureThe Limits of Variation$
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San Duanmu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267590.001.0001

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Syllable structure in Chinese

Syllable structure in Chinese

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(p.72) 4 Syllable structure in Chinese
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Syllable Structure
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San Duanmu (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267590.003.0004

Chinese is well known for having a simple syllable structure, clear syllable boundaries, and a small syllable inventory. This chapter examines what its structure is and what constraints influence occurring and non‐occurring syllables.

Keywords:   optional onset, CG combinations, stressed syllables, unstressed syllables, vowel‐less syllables, VVC rhymes

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