The status of the medial glide has been a challenge for the linguists trying to uncover the structure of the Chinese syllable. This paper explains that the syllable is a mental construct thus requiring generative methods which probe into the intuitions of speakers. By drawing upon rhyming intuitions of multilingual speakers, this paper demonstrates how any adequate theory of the syllable must account for systematic judgments by different individuals who presumably speak the same language. Much of the conflicting evidence of the status of the medial glide may therefore be attributed to systematic differences in the I-gram mars of different individuals.
|Title of host publication||南方语言学 = Linguistics of the South|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2011|
- Medial Glide