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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 vowel. Etc. -- John Cowan Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies / Schliess eurer Aug vor heiliger Schau Den er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)