Re: OT: Mandarin help sought
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 14:51|
Mark J. Reed writes:
> ... Yannan ... [j&'n&n].
I would probably have pronounced it [j&nan], but I noticed from some
speakers that the [a]'s have the tendency to be fronted in more
environments that we were told. That might be different from dialect
to dialect. So [j&n&n] seems a perfectly regular Mandarin
I don't know the name, however, so I'm of not much help.
> I don't know exactly what part of China he is from, but I do know that
> he grew up speaking Mandarin as his everyday language. That struck me
> as odd, since I had previously considered Mandarin to be a sort of
> national second language.
This sounds as if you assume the name is not Mandarin or pronounced in
a non-Mandarin way. Is that so?