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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"?
>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). Basilius