Re: religion, etc
|From:||Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 26, 2001, 16:36|
On Sat, 22 Sep 2001 05:22:36 -0400, Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>
>On a related note, how widespread is the pronunciation of the "a" in words
>like "san" (three) as /ae/ (a-e ligature) as in American English "cat"?One
>of teachers consistantly pronounces /ae/ before final "n".
All books on Putonghua that I've read say that the vowel in -an is fronted
as compared to simple -a or, say, -ang. Interestingly, this fronted
vowel quality seems to be the only feature that differentiates -anr = -air
from -ar (with added rhotic suffix).
The vowel in -ian is actually [E] (some romanizations render this rhyme
as -ien). And historical -iai has merged with -ie (IIRC).