Pinyin phonology (was: updated tunu grammar)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 29, 1999, 13:44|
"Thomas R. Wier" wrote:
> BTW, is that <i> in <Xi> a high central vowel?
More or less. The various vowels spelled "i" in pinyin all reflect the
same underlying concept: continue to articulate the preceding consonant,
but add voicing and remove scrape. Thus the "i" in "shi" is a kind of
retroflex "r", because "sh" is retroflex; "x" is articulated with the
blade of the tongue near the palate, so "xi" has a high central vowel;
"p" is articulated with the tongue at mid position, so "pi" has a mid
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