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Re: THEORY: Mandarin vowel phonology

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 12, 1999, 21:59
John Cowan:

>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 >-h", >though. > >There is an excellent Web page at: > by David >Prager Banner, who's a big fan of it.
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...) Danny ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at