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Re: mora

From:Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Date:Thursday, June 24, 2004, 22:43
Ray Brown wrote:
> On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at 11:00 , Tim May wrote: >> >> I don't believe "mora" is a native Japanese word, although >> people learning Japanese often assume this (certainly I did). >> >> Evidence for this: >> >>モーラ >> >> The _Japanese_ Wikipedia entry for mora a) spells the word in katakana, >> and b) says it's from Latin. (Note that in Japanese the first >> syllable is long). > > > Interesting - in the original Latin both syllables were monomoraic. I'm > sure, however, the Japanese borrowed it via English.
Probably because the first syllable is stressed in English. I think native Japanese speakers tend to interpret stress accent as vowel length, rather than as the equivalent to their pitch accent.