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Sep
25
revised Does tone sandhi apply to 成语
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Sep
25
revised 我(也)很好 and tone sandhi
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Sep
25
suggested suggested edit on Taiwanese Mandarin vs Mainland Mandarin
Sep
25
comment What's the subject of this sentence?
To give a little more background, Chinese is an example of a null-subject language where the subject of a sentence can be omitted when it is evident from context who or what the subject is. Not only that, but Chinese is also a pro-drop language, meaning that even objects can be omitted when the context is clear.
Sep
25
answered Taiwanese Mandarin vs Mainland Mandarin
Sep
7
revised Authoritative source for 一 changing to 4th tone before 1st, 2nd or 3rd
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Sep
7
revised Pronunciation of 一 in 一个
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Sep
7
revised Authoritative source for 一 changing to 4th tone before 1st, 2nd or 3rd
Change link to Google Books link
Sep
7
revised Authoritative source for 一 changing to 4th tone before 1st, 2nd or 3rd
Add quote regarding pinyin
Sep
7
answered Authoritative source for 一 changing to 4th tone before 1st, 2nd or 3rd
Sep
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suggested suggested edit on How were Chinese characters taught to Chinese children before the introduction of pinyin?
Aug
31
revised How were Chinese characters taught to Chinese children before the introduction of pinyin?
The English Wikipedia link is probably more useful for the questioner.
Aug
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suggested suggested edit on How were Chinese characters taught to Chinese children before the introduction of pinyin?
Aug
31
comment How were Chinese characters taught to Chinese children before the introduction of pinyin?
Even Bopomofo is a modern invention though (introduced in the 1910s according to Wikipedia). For centuries, 反切 was the way dictionaries indicated pronunciation, as dda indicated in his answer.
Aug
29
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@Krazer: jogloran is correct; the existence of glottal stops is only related to null onsets. Refer to Modern Cantonese Phonology, p. 550: "Cantonese syllables such as , aːm, and ok can be regarded as beginning with zero-initial, even though syllables of this kind may actually begin with a glottal stop [ʔ]; because glottal stop in syllable-initial position is not a contrastive speech sound (or phoneme) in Cantonese, it is still classified as zero-initial."
Aug
25
revised Tips for multiple-pronunciation characters (多音字)
Reformatting to make tone marks more apparent.
Aug
25
answered Tips for multiple-pronunciation characters (多音字)
Aug
15
comment 国家 vs. 国, when can 国 be used alone?
@Alenanno: The current participants on that exchange are much more knowledgeable than me in linguistics and usually provide much better answers, so I've been happy to simply lurk for now.
Aug
15
comment 国家 vs. 国, when can 国 be used alone?
@NS.X.: The word you were looking for is prosody. You're not incorrect; prosody does play a role in whether speakers choose a polysyllabic word over a monosyllabic one, and it probably did play a role in the formation of bound morphemes in modern Mandarin (though the loss of the final consonants -p -t -k -m from Middle Chinese played a much larger role). Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar by Yip Po-Ching has a full chapter devoted to prosody in modern Mandarin.
Aug
15
comment 国家 vs. 国, when can 国 be used alone?
@NS.X.: Concerning your second example, while comprehensible, 天国就是天上的国 seems somewhat incomplete to me when spoken aloud. Various speakers may disagree, but I feel that 天国就是天上的国度 sounds much more natural orally.