|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