tone sandhi

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(in Mandarin)
Nominal (dictionary) tones: Nǐ hǎo ma? Wǒ hěn hǎo.
Actual tones: Ní hǎo ma? Wǒ hén hǎo. (third tone in front of another tone becomes second tone)
Translation: How are you? I'm fine.

tone sandhi (uncountable)

  1. (linguistics) change of tone in tonal languages when some tones come together

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