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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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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 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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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 does 生 and 先生 have different tones when it's part of a word?

The Chinese-speaking language prefers a sentence to have clear "low - hi" sounds between consecutive words for ease of pronouncing and listening. When two words in a phrase have the same ...
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