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Author(s): Zheng XU
1. Introduction Ladefoged (2001:231) describes linguistic stress as follows: “Stress is a suprasegmental feature of utterances. It applies not to individual vowels and consonants but to whole syllables ... A stressed syllable is pronounced with a greater amount of energy than an unstressed syllable, and it is more prominent in the flow of speech.” Fry (1955, 1958) identifies several acoustic cues to stress including increased duration and intensity and certain pitch properties such as higher or changing fundamental frequency (F0). Fry (1958) shows that in English. In the Internat…
Date: 2017-03-02

Language Games

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Author(s): Zheng XU
1. Introduction “Language games” refers to ways of changing language forms to create a game language that is less accessible to people who speak its source language only. This article discusses Chinese language games and their linguistic import. Language games have a long relationship to Chinese languages and linguistic theories. Game languages, or secret languages, are created based on their source languages via a set of morphological and phonological transformations. Linguistic theories of, for …
Date: 2017-03-02