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Re: Japanese phonemes (was Re: The Monovocalic PIE Myth (was Germans have no /w/, ...))

From:Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>
Date:Saturday, June 12, 2004, 9:18
From: "Nik Taylor" <yonjuuni@...>

> The reason is that there's no voiced /h/, and voiced /h/ is very rare > anyways. "f" simply DOES NOT EXIST in Japanese on a PHONEMIC level.
It doesn't really exist on a phonetic level either; it's actually [P] (IPA phi), which makes me think more of the sound of [W] than [f]. But we're so used to seeing that big mountain called Fuji instead of Huzi, thanks to Rev. Hepburn.
> /w/ only occurs before /a/ (ban on /wi/ and /we/ is moderately > unusual, ban on /wo/ and /wu/ is pretty typical)
The Hiragana and Katakana syllabries actually do have characters for /we/, /wi/, and /wo/ (but still no /je/). I think they're only used for foreign words (that aren't Sino-Japanese).


Emily Zilch <emily0@...>Japanese phoneme: [ w ]
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>Japanese phonemes (was Re: The Monovocalic PIE Myth (wasGermans have no /w/, ...))