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Open Access Tone Change in Early Cantonese as Revealed in Ch’an (1900)

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Tone Change in Early Cantonese as Revealed in Ch’an (1900)

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Based on a fine-grained description on Cantonese tones authored by the Chi-nese scholar Chan Sene Ch’an in 1900, this paper chiefly explores the origins and different forms of grammatical tone change in early Cantonese. This follows by a detailed comparison between the features of grammatical tone change in early Cantonese and those in contemporary Cantonese. The notion of “grammaticalization cycle” is used to conclude the development of Cantonese tone change in the last 100 years.


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