Re: THEORY: Mandarin vowel phonology
|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 12, 1999, 21:59|
I love it!! I'm gonna learn it, and kinda experiment with my own
transcription system. I like that it doesn't use numbers or diacritics, so
of course it's 7-bit compatible, and easier for native English speakers to
read. (I have that problem with Hausa and Yoruba, neither language I know
except how to read phonetically. I see accents and relate them to vowel
quality or length, not tone, like in Portuguese and the like...)
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>Danny Wier scripsit:
> > Where have I heard of Gwoyeu Romatzyh before? Tell me more about it!
>It was invented by Yuen Ren Chao, and it's a tonal-spelling system,
>which hard-codes the tone into each syllable using special spelling
>conventions instead of leaving it as an easily-lost diacritic.
>Thus, ma1 = "ma", ma2 = "mar" (GR uses -l instead of -r for retroflexion),
>ma3 = "maa", ma4 = "mah". It's not as simple as "suffix -r, double, suffix
>There is an excellent Web page at:
>Prager Banner, who's a big fan of it.