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Re: Kontaxta

From:Damian Yerrick <tepples@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 21:43
"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".
> So e.g. "kontaxta" is 5 syllables and is broken down as > "ko/n/ta/x/ta"; all syllables are equal in length
That's called "mora timing".
> Well, I did make sure that I got a feeling for the function of > the unfamiliar words, at least, before making the recording. > I think the lack of melody is just the way I talk. :-) English > in general (well UK English at least) tends to be less melodic > than languages like German I think
Compare US English, and you may find it more melodic. -- Damian


Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Ivan Baines <kinetic_wab@...>
Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>