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Re: "iu" and "ui" alternative spellings [was: Chin. Mode: No "-io", but "-io-"]

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  • hisilome
    Hm. Just thought of another thing that might make the phonetic Mandarin mode even simpler: The syllables where _-i_ just indicates syllabicity (i.e. _ji, qi,
    Message 1 of 33 , Mar 17, 2006
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      Hm. Just thought of another thing that might make the phonetic Mandarin
      mode even simpler: The syllables where _-i_ just indicates syllabicity
      (i.e. _ji, qi, xi, zhi, chi, shi, ri, zi, ci, si_)--as opposed to those
      where we're dealing with an actual i-sound (such as _li, di, ti, mi,
      ni, pi, bi_)--don't really require the double under-dot, do they? The
      single under-dot to indicate syllabicity should be enough here I think.
      This way we'll have even less triple under-dots. ;)

      Something like _li_, etc, would of course still require the double-dots
      (plus the syllabicity dot). This would nicely reflect the two different
      functions "i" has in pinyin.

      Hisilome
    • Melroch 'Aestan
      ... Mandarin was a typo for Cantonese here. Sorry. -- /BP 8^) -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se
      Message 33 of 33 , Mar 19, 2006
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        hisilome skrev:

        >
        >>Duh, with six or seven tonemes Mandarin even stretches Roman to
        >>its limits!
        >
        >
        > [ Well, I'm no experts on linguistics (obviously!), so I may
        > misunderstand you here--but if "tonemes" are identical to tones,
        > standard Mandarin has four or five, and as far as I know some
        > subdialects of Mandarin have as little as three. Why six or seven? ]

        "Mandarin" was a typo for "Cantonese" here. Sorry.
        --

        /BP 8^)>
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        Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se
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