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.
> /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).