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Re: Japanese question - Ii ?

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Sunday, November 7, 2004, 22:50
 --- Rodlox <Rodlox@...> skrev:
> a while back, in a book about Japanese history, I > found an unusual (well, to me) name - > > Ii > > in Japanese, is that one sylable or two?
Japanese is not measured in syllables, but rather, 'morae' (singular, 'mora', comes from Latin, which also worked in morae). From a syllabic perspective, 'Ii' is one syllable, but from a moraic standpoint, it's two morae. In Japanese, a mora is composed of one of these four things: 1. a short vowel ('a' is one mora) 2. a consonant plus a short vowel ('wa' is one mora) 3. the syllabic [n] (the word 'hanbun' has four morae, divided as 'ha-n-bu-n') 4. the first element of a geminated consonant (the word 'Nippon' is four morae, divided as 'Ni-p-po-n') A consonant and long vowel takes up two morae: nyaa is divided as 'nya-a'. Vowel clusters are counted seperately; 'aoi' is three morae, divided as 'a-o-i'.