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Behavior Research Methods
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 41  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 575 - 583

An online database of phonological representations for Mandarin Chinese

X Zhao and P. Li    

Abstract:

A Web-based database is developed to provide psycholinguists with a large-scale phonological representation system for all Mandarin Chinese monosyllables. The construction of the system is based on the slot-based phonological pattern generator (PatPho), with an adequate consideration of the language-specific features of the Chinese phonology. Users can retrieve the relevant phonological representations through an interactive query system on the Web. The query outcomes can be saved in a number of formats, such as Excel spreadsheets, for further analyses. This representation system can be used for a variety of purposes—in particular, connectionist language modeling and, more generally, the study of Chinese phonology.

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