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Here's an example of this sort of phenomenon: Syllables that begin with unaspirated stops b, d, g, or affricates j, zh, z, and end in a nasal n or ng, as a rule don’t have second-tone forms. Here's a more extensive explanation of how this came about
There is a very interesting phenomenon in Chinese, called 语音变调（tone sandhi). Here are the rules. (Note: all the rules apply only characters in the same word/phrase) Tone Rule #1: 3-3 to 2-3 When there are 2 third tones in a row in the same word/phrase, the first one becomes second tone. This rule is always followed automatically, even though it will not ...
I'm not quite sure what your question actually is. Do you want to know how: to better teach Chinese tones? (cram specific tone recall quizzes) to automate adding pinyin with diacritical marks to your text? (google, find e.g. annotator.jiang-long.com) to use Ruby annotations in your typesetting environment? (which?) If you use LaTeX, see e.g.: ...
The fourth tone is usually considered low-falling, rather than low-flat. The fourth tone begins just a little lower than where the sixth tone begins. Just start by producing the sixth tone, and then bring the pitch down as low as you can. In terms of tone numbers (a 1-5 scale, with 1 the lowest), fourth tone is usually transcribed as 21, third tone as 33, ...
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