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:
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
Dirk Elzinga Dirk_Elzinga@byu.edu
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