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Re: Questions about Japanese historical phonology.

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 8:19
On Aug 25, 2004, at 9:41 PM, Ben Poplawski wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 12:12:16 +0300, Isaac A. Penzev <isaacp@...> > wrote: >> Well, synchronicly that is simple: >> -tsu, -ru, -u (older -fu) > -tta >> -mu, -bu, -nu > -nda >> -ku > -ita >> -gu > -ida >> -eru, iru > -eta, -ita.
> With the velars, it's [-i:ta] and [-i:da] -- long vowels. > Hmm. I learned those forms as the -te forms. The plain past -ta isn't > used > much in my experience, especially by gaijin. ;) And the -te forms are > used a whole helluva lot either way. > I learned it in some sort of poem: > utsurutte, > nubumunde, > kuiite, > guiide, > sushite.
When i took Japanese we were taught that in a similar poem, set to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town": u tsu ru - tte, mu bu nu - nde! ku - ite, gu - ide, su - shite; kuru - kite suru - shite, te-fômu! "te-fômu" being "'te'-form", of course. -Stephen (Steg) "the main purpose of the pyramid is to say 'my unique pyramid is sky high and made of white marble. i do not share it with anyone'." ~ andrew nowicki