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The Phonetic Structure and Tone Behaviour in Hagu (Commonly Known as the Amoy Dialect) and Their Relation To Certain Questions in Chinese Linguistics

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Summing up, we may say that the behaviour of tone in Hagu is a most remarkable linguistic phenomenon. It serves, first of all, to distinguish words of different meanings. Then it figures as a means to bring out emphasis and contrast. Then by an ingenious working of tonal laws, it is able to organize syllables of widely different tones into smooth tonal groups, each gathering around its tonic. Finally the tonic lays the foundation for the analysis of syntactical relations. Such, in a few words, is the function of tones in Hagu.

Affiliations: 1: University of Amoy

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