Re: Fricative vowels
|From:||nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 1999, 1:00|
Clinton Moreland-Stringham wrote:
> nicole perrin wrote:
> > FFlores wrote:
> > Vibrant/approximant vowels, if I got it
> > > > correctly [...]
> > > > In other words, they were pronounced, I think, like with an r-ish, or z-ish
> > > > sound to them; perhaps simultaneously pronounced with r or z, or perhaps
> > > > just pronounced with a vibrating tongue.
> > > I told him there are also such vowels in Mandarin, IIRC.
> > Really? How are they written in pinyin? (Doesn't sound familiar - not
> > denying it, just curious)
> The word "to be" is _shi_ pronounced like a fast, tense form of English "sure",
> Is that what you mean? Or the "zi" in Laozi, To eat, written "chi" (that energy
> stuff is spelled qi in pinyin) and pronounced like the "chur" or "church".
FWIW, my Mandarin book characterizes these as "blade palatal vowels"