I learned that a third tone character is pronounced as a second tone if it's followed by another third tone character. My question is, how do I pronounce a sentence that has three or more consecutive third tone characters? Should I pronounce all of them except the last one as second tones?

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    excerpt from zhihu.com/question/21783429 三个上声音节相连,如果后面没有紧跟着其他音节,也不带什么语气,末尾音节一般不变调。开头和当中的上声音节有两种变调情况: 1.当词语的结构是“双单格”时,即2+1结构,开头和当中的上声音节调值变为35(阳平)。例如: 水彩笔 shuǐcǎibǐ 选举法 xuǎnjǔfǎ 展览馆 zhǎnlǎnguǎn 考古所 kǎogǔsuǒ 2.当词语的结构是“单双格”时,即1+2结构,开头音节处在被强调的逻辑重音时,读作“半上 (half-third tone)”,调值变为21(阴平),当中音节则按两上变调规律变为35(阳平)。例如: 冷处理 lěngchǔlǐ 小两口 xiǎoliǎngkǒu 好导演 hǎodǎoyǎn 海产品 hǎichǎnpǐn – user6065 Jul 16 '16 at 5:01
  • as to be expected this question has been discussed in English, search web using e.g. "How to pronounce 3 consecutive 3rd tones" it seems most of these answers do not allow for 半上 (half-third tone) as above reference – user6065 Jul 16 '16 at 7:35
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Chinese_phonology#Tone_sandhi see: Third tone sandhi and also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Mo. Jul 16 '16 at 10:45
  • Using 可口可乐 as an example, it doesn't have a single third tone: kékóu-kélè. – user4452 Jul 16 '16 at 17:58
  • An answer is here Generalize consecutive third tones change rule. – Becky 李蓓 Jan 24 at 4:50

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