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Why is ge a specialized fourth tone?

In S.I.R. lesson 10 at time 6:30 there is a short discussion of ge as a specialized 4th tone. What does that mean? I thought ge 个 was just a regular 4th tone.

In spite of being categorized into 4th tone in many dictionaries, "個/个” , as a measure word in spoken string, is normally weaker, shorter than the numeral word directly before it, and which vowel is centralized. That is exactly a neutral tone.


I live in the south of China where ge is still pronounced 4th tone by many speakers. In general there’s a lot of different Chinese spoken here, perhaps more conservative than Beijing.