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Retroflex and Non-retroflex Merger in Shanghai Accented Mandarin

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dc.contributor.advisor Evans, Betsy en_US Zhu, Liyi en_US 2012-09-13T17:34:25Z 2012-09-13T17:34:25Z 2012-09-13 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other Zhu_washington_0250O_10429.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Mandarin spoken in Shanghai differs in some aspects from the Mandarin spoken in Beijing. One of the most notable differences is a merging of the retroflex consonants with the non-retroflex ones (Zheng, Sproat, Gu, Shafran, Zhou, Su, Jurafsky, Starr, & Yoon, 2005). Based on quantitative analysis of three pairs of phonological variables [ʂ] vs. [s], [tʂh] vs. [tsh], and [tʂ] vs. [ts], this thesis takes up the study of retroflex and non-retroflex merger in Shanghai-accented Mandarin, by using recorded interviews to explore whether such variation is correlated with social class, age, gender and task formality. The statistical results indicate that social class, age and task formality all have a significant effect on retroflex and non-retroflex merger for Shanghainese. Gender, however, was shown not having a strong correlation with retroflex and non-retroflex merger. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject en_US
dc.subject.other Linguistics en_US
dc.subject.other Sociolinguistics en_US
dc.subject.other Language en_US
dc.subject.other Linguistics en_US
dc.title Retroflex and Non-retroflex Merger in Shanghai Accented Mandarin en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.embargo.terms No embargo en_US

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