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Re: triphtong

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Saturday, June 25, 2005, 12:54

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. **Henrik


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
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