Re: Relatives, interrogatives and other such particles
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 20:27|
Eugene Oh wrote:
> In a way Japanese might be a conflator:
> doko ka? - Where is it? (or: somewhere?)
> doko ka - somewhere
> dare ka? - Who is it? (or: somebody?)
> dare ka - somebody
> although the former in each case is colloquial (missing verb) and the
> latter really ought to be treated as a single word.
There's also a difference in pronunciation. In the questions, _ka_ is
pronounced with a rising tone, while in the generics, it's pronounced
with a flat or falling tone.