Phonemicization of Mandarin
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The inventory of consonantal and vocalic phonemes for Modern Standard Chinese (whose phonology is defined as identical to that of Běijīng Mandarin) has undergone numerous reformulations since the early twentieth century. Proposals, which roughly reflect developments in linguistic science from American structuralism and Jakobsonian feature analysis to Chomskyan ge…

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Chris Wen-chao LI, “Phonemicization of Mandarin”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 27 April 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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