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Offline YUNUS

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A question about Mnimal pairs
« on: July 01, 2017, 09:54:58 PM »
Hello guys I am new here, I have a question

In Mandarin Chinese the word [xao] means "good" and the word [gao] means "tall." Is this a minimal pair?

what is the status of the allophones
  • and [g] in Mandarin Chinese? Specifically, are
  • and [g] allophones of the same phoneme, or are they allophones of different phonemes? Explain your answer.



thank you so much

Offline Jeff L.

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Re: A question about Mnimal pairs
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 10:05:20 PM »
As written, this looks suspiciously like the question from an assignment...

What have you already figured out or what do you think so far?

Offline panini

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Re: A question about Mnimal pairs
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 09:24:07 AM »
It's impossible to tell from your spelling. Chinese has tone, which you don't mark. A minimal pair is two distinct words which differ in only one sound. Without tone marks, you can't tell.