schnaz wrote:I think I had an insight as i was listening to an entry on the mdbg dictionary . It was a fourth tone word and it seemed to me that the speaker contracted her ???. I use the question marks because I don't know the proper name for the articulater in question. Actually I hope I'm using articulater properly. Main thing is: would someone be willing to describe the production of the fourth tone?
schnaz wrote:Thanks for your response linguoboy. My current vision of the vocal apparatus of a native Chinese speaker pictures a larynx which is in a constant state of flux. The only time it is not being manipulated is in the case of a neutral tone. We use the neutral tone most of the time and when we do use a "forced" tone as in the situation you mention we do it unconsciously. I do a lot of oral recitation of words and phrases to practice manipulating my larynx while simultaneously adjusting my other articulaters to accommodate Chinese pronunciation. I am still not comfortable with a complete sentence cause I can't focus focus that long
schnaz wrote:If so called neutral tones are not really neutral but are influenced by the proceeding syllable then how do you determine how you are going to pronounce a so called neutral tone?
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