Re: vowel harmony extension?
|From:||Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 1:28|
On Thu, Nov 02, 2000 at 09:21:54PM -0800, Marcus Smith wrote:
> Even when all of these conditions apply, voicing does not always occur.
> Apparently even native Japanese speakers have a hard time figuring out when
> to voice and when not to. You can find names that minimally differ in this
> respect: Otaka vs. Odaka, Yamasaki vs. Yamazaki, Kashima vs. Kajima, etc.
> The names are written with the same kanji, and it is impossible to predict
> which is which based on writing alone.
When I went to Japan a few years ago, I stayed with a family named Sese.
However, initially we thought the name was *Seze, since that's how it was
written by the teacher who matched up host families to students. I assume
she saw the kanji and assumed the second character was voiced, when they
don't actually voice it.
Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo