Phonology of Mandarin Term Paper by Krishire

Phonology of Mandarin
An explanation of the make up and sounds of Mandarin.
# 147081 | 2,222 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2011 in Asian Studies (General) , Linguistics (General) , Language (General)

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This paper first relates that learning languages from countries like Japan, China, and Korea can be an intimidating endeavor, especially for English speakers. The paper then goes on to explain all the native sounds of Mandarin using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and phonetic terminology.

Mandarin Vowels
Vowels / /, /3/, / /, and /y/
Mandarin Diphthongs
Mandarin Diphthongs /ia, /yu/, and /y /
Mandarin Triphthongs
Mandarin Consonants
Mandarin Simple Consonants
Mandarin consonants / /, / /, and / /
Complex Mandarin Consonants

From the Paper:

''For many English speakers, learning languages from countries like Japan, China, and Korea can be an intimidating endeavor. With a writing system based on pictorial images, different grammar structures, and a 5 tone inflectional system, Mandarin's complex method of communication is difficult enough without the colorful array of phonetic features that create meaningful utterances. In the first stages of learning any language, being able to distinguish separate phonemes is critical to the process of bringing structure and order to a stretch of utterances. For native English speakers, a good portion of these sounds will be familiar even though the place of articulation may be slightly different. However, scholars in the field of Chinese phonetics give varying classifications of these sounds and some even give varying descriptions of how they should sound and how to produce them. So whether it is a dialectal background of the author or an illustration of Mandarins phonetic complexity, not all of the phonemes of Mandarin are easily described.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Huong, Raymond. Mandarin Pronunciation Explained with Diagrams. London: The Oxford University Press, 1969. Print.
  • Yava , Mehmet. Applied English Phonology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Print.

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