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  • JL Badgley
    This popped up on PMJS (the Pre-Modern Japanese Studies list) and I ... Just a quick note related to the spelling of tennou, and why it isn t ten ou. This
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      This popped up on PMJS (the Pre-Modern Japanese Studies list) and I
      thought it might be of interest to some folks here as a curiosity:

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      Just a quick note related to the spelling of "tennou," and why it
      isn't "ten'ou." This is related to the phenomon of "renjou" (連声), in
      which the final 'n' (ん) sound is transferred to the beginning of the
      next syllable. "Ten-wau" becomes "ten-nau" and with modern
      pronunciation, "tennou." The same phenomenon occurs with such terms
      as "Sannou" (山王) and "sanmi" (三位).
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      -Ii
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