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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 pronunciation. 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? **Henrik