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Re: Phonology and Questions

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Monday, May 8, 2000, 13:44
Luca Mangiat <mangiat@...> wrote:

[about Japanese vowels]
>> All native and non-native speakers I've had contact with >> agree that they seem to appear predictably between unvoiced >> consonants, or in final position after an unvoiced consonant. >> >Do they become voiceless even if they're stressed?
There's no stress accent in Japanese (all syllables, or better morae, are pronounced with equal force), but pitch accent (low vs. high pitch). And yes, I forgot to add "... when not high pitch". That is, high pitched vowels are always voiced (AFAIK); low pitched ones become unvoiced as explained above. --Pablo Flores "... When all men on earth think, day and night, about the Zahir, which one will be a dream and which one a reality?" Jorge Luis Borges, _The Zahir_