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Title: Investigating the branching of Chinese classifier phrases: Evidence from speech perception and production
Authors: 何萬順
Her, One-Soon
Tang, Marc
Chen, Ying-Chun
Yen, Nai-Shing
Contributors: 語言所
Keywords: Classifier phrase;Left-branching;Right-branching;Speech production;Speech perception
Date: 2019
Issue Date: 2020-09-02 09:17:13 (UTC+8)
Abstract: The formal structure of the construction formed by a numeral (Num), a sortal classifier (C) or mensural classifier (M), and a noun (N), is controversial, as both left-branching [[Num C/M] N] and right-branching [Num [C/M N]] structures have been argued for in the literature. In this paper we report two psycholinguistic experiments on speech production and perception in Mandarin to investigate this branching issue. First, we applied the syntax-phonology interface of tone 3 (T3) sandhi and performed a phonological analysis of native speakers’ tone sandhi patterns of [Num C/M N] phrases composed of T3 monosyllabic words. Second, we conducted a click-detection experiment to see how native speakers would perceive a click inserted in a C/M phrase composed of monosyllabic words, as compared to when it is inserted in other syntactic structures with attested left or right-branching. Results from both experiments supported the left-branching structure of classifier phrases.
Relation: Journal of Chinese Linguistics
Data Type: article
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