Zhang and Yang (2007:97) has an interesting remark on consecutive neutral tones within certain three-character words (三字組詞): 輕聲若同時出現在三字組詞的後兩個音節上,第二個音節的輕聲調型要根據第一音節的聲調變化,如同二字組的輕聲音節;但第三個輕聲音節一律都讀得短低,調型向下,類似模糊的去聲。如: (Translation) Should both of the latter two syllables within a three-character word possess the neutral tone, then the pitch of the neutral tone in ...


I discussed quasi-neutral tones in the fifth point of my answer to another question here. Salient points include: Usually, a stress is placed elsewhere in the sentence. Such words (edit: usually frequent words / function words, i.e. 虛詞) are therefore weakened in their presence. See the three examples in my orginal answer for more details. The tone sandhi is ...


All neutral tone characters after the first neutral tone character are pronounced as the first neutral tone character. Therefore: 真的吗 is 55 2 2 忙着呢 is 35 3 3 好了吗 is 21 4 4 算了吧 is 51 1 1

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