phonology

  1. M

    Pitch Accent

    Hi everyone, I've been slowly but surely going through my Japanese vocabulary and correcting how I pronounce words. My question has to do with how to pronounce words when they are combined together. For example, 電話 is flat (de-N-WA), while 番号 (ba-N-GO-u) has the accent on the third mora...
  2. K

    恥ずかしがり屋さん

    Split from here in keeping with the "one thread, one topic" principle. Just another quick question though, if you don't mind. I've heard a character say something along the lines of "Chi tte hazukashii dariya san ne". No matter how many times I listen again, I swear she says "dariyasan". But I...
  3. Boileau419

    Pinyin pronunciation: b, g, d

    Well, maybe this will come as a shock to you, but the pronunciation of 不, 贵 and 大, three words that are extremely frequent in Chinese, does not tally at all with the pinyin transliteration you are familiar with, namely bu, gui and da (except in a few cases). Indeed, the initial consonant in...
  4. S

    さみしい・さびしい

    What's the difference in connotation between さみしい and さびしい? Until yesterday, I thought that さみしい was just a colloquialism, a corruption in the pronunciation of さびしい but apparently they're both legitimate readings. Thanks in advance!
  5. D

    toori, doori

    I know both toori and doori means "street", or "road." But my question is, is one more formal than the other, or is there any difference between them? Or are they somewhat like the english words "snooze" and "nap" where they mean the exact same thing and which one you use is based on personal...
  6. A

    Olientali

    Ciao, Sto guardando uno dei più rocamboleschi cartoni italiani che siano mai esistiti... Spaghetti Family!!! (Si chiama così) ... con il gatto più divertente!! Comunque, nel riassunto di una delle puntate c'è scritto questo... Spaghettong, pleziosissimi spaghetti olientali! Allora, un...
  7. Q

    Devoicing of U

    Kutsu wa haite imasu ga, kutsushita wa haite imasen. The above example is from Rosetta Stone. My question is regarding pronunciation. When I hear the sentence pronounced, it sounds as if the u at the end of imasu before the ga is being pronounced ie i-ma-su. From what Ive heard previously...
  8. H

    Pinyin pronunciation: ji

    Hi! Can someone tell me how you pronounce "ji" in Chinese? Is it the same as in writing? I have a name Qiang Ji and I don't know how to pronounce it. Thanks in advance.
  9. kirsitn

    Pinyin pronunciation: xi

    In my Chinese audio course words with the pinyin xi are sometimes pronounces as "she" in English, other times as "see". Similarly the word xin is pronounces sometimes as "shin", other times as "sin", and the same for xiao (she-ao or see-ao). Which way is the (most) standard mandarin...
  10. Le Pamplemousse

    [ɿ], [ʅ] (vowel)

    Hey, I've come across a symbol for a vowel in some Chinese languages that I can't find on any IPA chart. Can anyone tell me where [ɿ] is in the mouth? All I've discovered is that it's an alveolar apical. Thanks.
  11. cheshire

    merge of /n/ and /l/

    Is it true that some portion of Chinese speakers tend to mix up the sounds of "L" and "N"? I've read Cantonese tend to replace "N" with "L" for example they say "lei" for the 普通話 word 你 (ni). I don't know if they replace ALL the N sounds by L. (Do they?:confused: ) Back to 普通話, in fact I'm...
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