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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.