Topics in Chinese Linguistics: Introduction to Chinese. Unit 7: Varieties and Changes. Varieties and Changes. Language is not static. It is under constant change. Language is not homogeneous, it has varieties. Variation and variants. Why does a language change?.
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Topics in Chinese Linguistics: Introduction to Chinese
Unit 7: Varieties and Changes
Prof. C. C. Cheng's software can identify male from female: Female-150Hz or higher, Male - 150Hz or lower
The female students' pronunciation of palatal sounds
/w/ vs. /v/
wèi, wén, wàn wén
vèi, vén, vàn vén
xīnwén, yíwàn, wèile, wàijiāo
xīnvén, yívàn, vèile, vàijiāo
Shen (1987) womanish accent 娘娘腔
Wǒ jīntiān máng jí le. Wǒ jīntiān máng sǐ le.
(I am extremely busy today.)(I am busy to death.)
Rénjiā xiáng sǐ nǐ le ye!
(I am terribly missing you!)
Shangjiangyu Village, Jiangyong County, Hunan Province
Mrs. Yang Huanyi – the last lady who is able to write woman script
Yi NianhuaTang BaojinGao Yinxian
Three sister authors
Burning sheets written in woman script to mourn the dead sisters.
Young girls’ workshop to learn woman script
代誌大條（事態很嚴重 serious situation）
520（我愛你 I love you）
LKK（很老氣 old looking）
Any more? The students from Taiwan may contribute.
拿士的get the stick
坐的士take a taxi
去士多to to the store
食多士to eat a toast
No retroflex sound 台灣國語常缺少卷舌音