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Re: Kontaxta

From:Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>
Date:Thursday, March 3, 2005, 4:02
>From: Damian Yerrick <tepples@...> > >"Ivan Baines" <kinetic_wab@...> wrote: > > > That may because the syllable structure is inspired by Japanese. > > A syllable may be CV, V or C (but while in Japanese the only > > C syllable is 'n', here pretty much any consonant can stand > > as a syllable on its own). > >No, 'n' is not the only C mora in Japanese. A high vowel (/i/, /u/) >between two voiceless consonants will often become silent, and >a final high vowel after a voiceless consonant drops out in men's >speech as well. For instance, kana spelling "kontashita" would >be pronounced "ko-n-ta-sh-ta".
Not technically true. The high vowel in these cases (at least in standard Japanese) is voiceless, but still pronounced, as is apparent from some non-homophonous words which would otherwise be so. However, as is mentioned elsewhere, geminates count as an extra mora, so the first consonant of such a sequence may well be considered a C mora, although this does funky things to the pitch accent, if I recall. Athey _________________________________________________________________ Don’t just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search!