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Re: Kontaxta

From:Ivan Baines <kinetic_wab@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 22:03
> 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".
Yeah, I know. But I still thought of these as CV morae - I still imagine the vowel being there when I hear it, even though it isn't (if you know what I mean). And after all, they're written the same way whether the their vowel is pronounced or not. 'n' is the only one with its own symbol. :-) I see what you mean though.
> > 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".
This I also know. But I've only seen this term used to apply to Japanese and wasn't sure how common a term it was, so I decided to describe it the way I did in case some people didn't know what I meant. Sorry... IB.