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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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Shanghai Chinese

Shanghai Chinese

(p.112) 6 Shanghai Chinese
Syllable Structure

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This chapter offers an analysis of distribution patterns of sounds and syllables in Shanghai Chinese. Of interest is the fact that Shanghai has no diphthongs or contrastive codas. In addition, the rhyme inventory of Shanghai has shrunk drastically in the past 100 years.

Keywords:   consonant inventory, CVX inventory, sound frequencies, syllable frequency, homophone density, tonal frequencies, simple rhymes

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