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Re: triphtong

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Saturday, June 25, 2005, 22:17
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:
> Quoting Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>: >> Ah, yes, those are triphthongs indeed! Now that you say it, Mandarin >> has a few: e.g. -[wEI] in 'shui' - 'water' (|ui| is a misleading >> spelling) and -[waI] in 'kuai' etc. > > Is it known why they chose |ui| rather than |uei| or something else more > intuitive?
It's an abbreviation, since the equivalent of |ui| doesn't occur. Apparently this is also done with |iu| for |iou| and |un| for |uen|. The sensibility of this is entirely countered by silent initial |y|, |w|, and final |i| in certain cases (yi, ying, wu, z(h)i, c(h)i, s(h)i, ri) It seems intuitivity wasn't first on the list of design goals for the system. *Muke! -- website: LiveJournal: deviantArt: FrathWiki, a conlang and conculture wiki: