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dc.contributor.advisorEvans, Betsyen_US
dc.contributor.authorZhu, Liyien_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-13T17:34:25Z
dc.date.available2012-09-13T17:34:25Z
dc.date.issued2012-09-13
dc.date.submitted2012en_US
dc.identifier.otherZhu_washington_0250O_10429.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/20769
dc.descriptionThesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012en_US
dc.description.abstractThe 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
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
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dc.rightsCopyright is held by the individual authors.en_US
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dc.subject.otherLinguisticsen_US
dc.subject.otherSociolinguisticsen_US
dc.subject.otherLanguageen_US
dc.subject.otherLinguisticsen_US
dc.titleRetroflex and Non-retroflex Merger in Shanghai Accented Mandarinen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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