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Re: Chinese/japanese Pronounciation

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2002, 4:08
H. S. Teoh scripsit:

> #3: 21 (low falling -- though to my ears it's low level)
The official pronunciation of Putonghua/Guoyu tone 3 is 215, aka dipping-rising, when in isolation. In fluid pronunciation, though, you're right: it is basically a low tone. -- To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --_The Hobbit_