S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 45 Number 1/2 (2009)
Merger-in-Progress of Tonal Classes in Masan/Changwon Korean
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.45 No.1, pp. 23-42
- In Masan/Changwon Korean, a dialect in the South Gyeongsang (Kyungsang) Province, two lexical tonal classes—Final and Medial-Double (MDouble)—have similar phonetic realizations. In data collection, three sets of materials were recorded from younger speakers: (i) words with particles, (ii) compounds and (iii) sentences with contrastive focus, each set containing either Final or M-Double words. The results revealed that the two classes were indeed under a merger-in-progress in younger speakers. In addition, betweenspeaker and between-condition (material set) differences were found on how classes merge. The between-condition difference is a challenge for theories on lexical tonal representations.
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