Re: PHONO: unvoiced schwa
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 17, 2003, 3:32|
Garth Wallace wrote:
> Japanese also has unvoiced vowels, AIUI, although it's not
> phonemic...short /u/ and /i/ are unvoiced (sometimes called "silent",
> but they're actually audible) and shortened between unvoiced consonants.
> Unvoiced vowels are just whispered vowels.
As far as I know, there's no shortening. Also, the voicing is optional
(altho with /u/ - especially /su/ - it's very rare not to devoice when
possible). Devoicing can also occur at the end of a word following a
voiceless consonant, like desu = [dEsM_0]
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