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Re: triphtong

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, June 25, 2005, 21:26
Quoting Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>:

> Hi! > > Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> writes: > >... > > The triphthong, when used, in _fire_ is a falling one; the vowel is > > /a/ (or some similar low, central vowel) then the tongue glides > > towards [I] before moving to the central [@] position. Triphthongs > > more typically IMO begin are a combo of rising diphthong & falling > > diphthongs and better examples are Italian words like: _suoi_ "his/ > > her" ( and _miei_ "my" ( > > 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? Andreas


Muke Tever <hotblack@...>