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Re: Optimum number of symbols

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 28, 2002, 22:05
At 8:48 PM +0100 05/24/02, Raymond Brown wrote:
>That's somewhat an exaggeration. It's perfectly possible to analyze and, >indeed, not difficult to analyze Mandarin beyond the syllable; and altho >much of this analysis can be done in terms of phonemes, there are important >areas of controversy. It doesn't lend itself to neat "phonematization" in >the way that some natlangs do. > >The points of controversy are:
[snip] Thank you for the concise summary, Ray! I've always wondered what the fuss was about in Chinese segmental phonology, and now I have a good idea. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga Man deth swa he byth thonne he mot swa he wile. 'A man does as he is when he can do what he wants.' - Old English Proverb