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The hows and whys of the tones of Shiqu.
This public article was written by [Deactivated User], and last updated on 11 Mar 2018, 02:08.

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1. Tones ? ?
Tonal Languages. Love em' or hate em', Shiqu is one of them. Here, I will go over the different tones of Shiqu, how to pronounce them, and what they look like on various phonemes.


The 4 basic tones of Shiqu are low, middle, low-rising, and high.

High is indicated by an acute accent mark or apostrophe on the phoneme;
Middle a macron or dash;
Low a grave accent or period;
And low-rising a circumflex or forward-slash.

Depending on the mark given (diacritic or punctuation), the pronunciation changes. I had to do this because I'm not very good with Unicode, so I had to make do with the onscreen keyboard options and what was on my physical keyboard. Ah, well.

Anyway, for example, an Á is pronounced as /é/ but an A' is pronounced as /ä́/. It's important to pay attention; you don't want to pronounce your words wrong.

The pronunciation of the tones is fairly straight-forward, but I'll go over it anyway.
High is a high voice; not Adele high, but high enough to know.
Low is just lower then the rest of the word;
Middle is just your regular voice, just about;
and Low-Rising should be a low-to-high transition. Nothing fancy, just enough to get the point across.

Hope this helps.

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