Prosodic Transcription of Standard Chinese and its Use in Teaching


  • Zuzana POSPĚCHOVÁ Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc



Standard Chinese, prosody, PTR, Oldřich Švarný, teaching Chinese


The present paper’s main aim is to introduce a method of prosodic transcription (PTR) of Standard Chinese established by Oldřich Švarný in the background of the Czech Republic. It is used to describe suprasegmental features of Standard Chinese: stress prominence and linear segmentation of sentences. PTR is applied in teaching Chinese prosody in courses in the Czech Republic. This paper also contains a short sample text, students’ opinion on PTR and an outline of the use of PTR in academic research.


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  • Zuzana POSPĚCHOVÁ, Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc

    Department of Asian Studies, 



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29. 06. 2016



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POSPĚCHOVÁ, Z. (2016). Prosodic Transcription of Standard Chinese and its Use in Teaching. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 6(1), 35-45.

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