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Double Circumflex and Back Dipping: Report on two newly confirmed types of contour tones in Chinese*

This article reports on two previously unknown tonal types discovered in recent fieldwork in China: the "double circumflex tone" and the "back dipping tone". The double circumflex tone has a "fall-rise-fall" pitch curve with two turning points in both perceptual and acoustic terms. The back dipping tone has a higher tonal head and a later turning point than an ordinary dipping tone. This paper lists the 32 localities where DCTs are found. It further discusses major characteristics of the two tones and their phonological contrast with the more commonly known dipping tone.

Affiliations: 1: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong; 2: The China Agriculture University Beijing CHINA


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