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Phonology, Overview
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This article provides an overview of the large and complex field of Chinese phonology, giving cross-references to other articles in the ECLL that provide more detailed information. It summarizes three main aspects of Chinese phonology: synchronic, historical, and traditional.

1. Synchronic

Although Chinese is a large family made up of (at least) dozens of mutually unintelligible languages, each with considerable internal dialectal diversity, the family is fairly compact an…

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Zev HANDEL, “Phonology, Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000330>
First published online: 2015

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