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What tone is 什 in 什么 in standard northern accent 普通话?

Many times, different intonations in spoken Chinese express different meanings. For example, to express one's surprise or doubts
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What tone is 什 in 什么 in standard northern accent 普通话?

From Shenyang, Liaoning here: I'd say you'd have to go very very rural and fairly elderly people would say shen3mo0. I think you'd struggle to find a northerner speaking with such a strong accent that ...
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Is there a difference in word stress between 会 as a time marker and 会 as an auxiliary verb meaning "to know how to"?

Unfortunately, the sound of "会" remains the same, whether it means "know how/able" or "will". So it can cause confusion when saying something without given sufficient ...
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What tone is 什 in 什么 in standard northern accent 普通话?

什么 shénme, this is the standard pinyin for 什么. As to 什么 sounds like shen3me, it is used to get other people's attention, to emphasize being surprised, amazed. Since it is not a standard usage, you ...
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What tone is 什 in 什么 in standard northern accent 普通话?

Yes, I can attest that the sound exists in the southern provinces, though I couldn't pinpoint those locations other than Taiwan. I personally pronounce it both ways.
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Is there a difference in word stress between 会 as a time marker and 会 as an auxiliary verb meaning "to know how to"?

I think context is the key, instead of tone. Tone is just for emphasis, not affecting the meaning per se. E.g. 他会唱歌 could mean either. A: 他都会些什么? B: 他会唱歌。// he knows how to sing. A1: 他在晚会上要表演什么? B1: ...
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Is there a difference in word stress between 会 as a time marker and 会 as an auxiliary verb meaning "to know how to"?

In my opinion, the tone indeed gives hint to the meaning, but I doubt it has a strong correspondence. As to your intuition, namely, the stressed tone corresponds to "know how" and the ...
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Do we need to pronounce 那 in 那个 different than 那 in general?

那 [nǎ, nà, něi, nèi] "Do we need to pronounce 那个 as Nigè in this situation?" When 那个 is used indicatively or positively that means "that one", it pronounces [nà4 ge] or [nèi4 ge]. ...
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What is the correct reading of 折 in "裏面那根麥管給咬折了"?

“裏面那根麥管給咬折了。” 表示弯曲的时候读zhé。 “why is it 拉折 lā shé, but 攀折 pānzhé?” “㊁表示“断”时, 读zhé, 多侧重于行为本身” = break "读shé, 多侧重于行为结果, 不可独立带宾语” = be broken 拉折: pull something broken e.g. 我把树枝拉折了。 攀折: pull and ...
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What is the correct reading of 折 in "裏面那根麥管給咬折了"?

The pronunciation of "折" in "裏面那根麥管給咬折了" should be [shé] (see "method 2b" below for explanation and examples. "折" can be pronounced 3 ways, the meaning and use ...
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Is the neutral tone of 吗 pronounced differently than other neutral-tone syllables in the same context?

Lexical tones are known to superimpose onto the prosody of the intonational phrase to which they belong. They are often described as superficial crenellations on the surface of sea waves. The prosodic ...
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Why is 奇数 pronounced jīshù and not qíshù?

「奇」(jī) and 「奇」(qí) are same words, but they have different meanings and different prononciation. Many other words in chinese also behave the same, such as「都」(dū) and 「都」(dōu). As you say, it was a「...
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Is the neutral tone of 吗 pronounced differently than other neutral-tone syllables in the same context?

I think what you are asking about is the change of sound (變音/調) at the end of the questions. Similar to English, the sound is changed to distinguish a question from typical statements, comments, or ...
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Tone Change: Why is 欢 (huan1) in 喜欢 (xi3huan0) pronounced with a neutral tone? Would you do that for all words ending in a first tone?

One cause of neutralization of tone is when a meaning is repeated. This is why 爸爸 is ba4ba0, for example. In the case of 喜欢,both syllables basically mean the same thing, so the second one becomes ...
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Why is 奇数 pronounced jīshù and not qíshù?

Emmm, there are many polyphones in Chinese you just have to remember. Basically, 奇(ji)means odd, as in mathematically odd only, either for the definition of numbers:奇数 (1,3,5,7,9...),or for functions:...
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Why is 奇数 pronounced jīshù and not qíshù?

「奇」(jī) and 「奇」(qí) are different words, they have different meanings and are pronounced differently also in most other Chinese languages, e.g. "kî" vs "ki" in Taiwanese. Their ...
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Why is 奇数 pronounced jīshù and not qíshù?

因为「奇点」实际上是「奇异点」的缩写,意思是这个点有「奇怪」的性质。而「奇数」是与「偶数」相对的概念,这个义项的「奇」本意是「余下」,例如「奇羡」:余财,「八分有奇」:(长度)八分多一点。所以表示「单数」时,实际是说两两分组,余者为「奇」。 在术算中,「阳卦奇,阴卦偶」,古人也认为奇数不吉利,所以有「命舛数奇」的说法。
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The standard 称謂 of elder sister in mainland China

【說文解字】has 姊, which means 女兄也. So, we know 姊 is quite old. The same dictionary doesn't have 姉. If you check 姊 in 康熙字典, you get a very short explanation: 「同上」. The character above it is 姉. So, at some ...
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The standard 称謂 of elder sister in mainland China

WARNING: THIS ANSWER CONTAINS STRONG PERSONAL OPINIONS 姊 is only used in ONE SINGLE fixed expression: 姊妹, which is an old school, folk or country(I don't know which one is appropriate), literary ...
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What software can correct pronunciation?

I created a web-based program which lets you record a Mandarin word, and it will show the result in Pīnyīn with tones: https://accentlab.net/mandarin_words I'm still improving it, but the accuracy is ...
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