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Nov
15
comment Is accent position predictable for -i verbs in Osaka/Kansai?
@alexandrec yes i think you're right. i guess this is good. one other mention though, adjectives like ええ (and others) must be considered as monomoraic, not bimoraic. the reason is that the accent, which is a phonological process, associates before the phonetic lengthening which is a derivational process (occurring after all phonological processes finish). i'm working out an answer, but if this Q is properly reformulated with this, i can save space not having to explain this in my A.
Nov
11
comment Is accent position predictable for -i verbs in Osaka/Kansai?
You should change the title to "Are accent positions predictable in Kansaiben?" and ask the general case. Even though Kansaiben is known and assumed as a dialect, the term is informal and not used very often by linguists. Nonetheless, it's a functioning word, and that's the name that the majority of JLU users know it by.
Nov
11
comment Does an international OR standardized phonetic alphabet/notation system exist to depict all the Hiragana/Katakana sounds?
I should point out that in my answer here I only mentioned phonemic string writing with the IPA. Phonetic string writing, which is the transcription of allophones not phonemes, takes place with the same symbols but '[]' braces are used instead of '//' slashes as delimiters. Phonemes are preverbal "units of sound", they don't actually have an acoustic signature. A phoneme string is retrieved, processed and converted into a allophonic string (which has a phonetic signature) during speech articulation.
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comment Does an international OR standardized phonetic alphabet/notation system exist to depict all the Hiragana/Katakana sounds?
@dainichi yeah, you're right, it's underspecified. I need to think about how to fix that without mentioning allophones though.
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comment Does an international OR standardized phonetic alphabet/notation system exist to depict all the Hiragana/Katakana sounds?
I wrote a sloppy machine readable mapping a little while back, you can look at it to just get a sense of the size and complexity of the task forum.gaijinpot.com/…
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Sep
21
comment Actual phonetic realization of “devoiced” vowels
This is really bugging me. Speech recognition textbooks usually assume the signal to symbol conversion has already been done, and so doesn't address the spectral computation to match signal to (candidate) phoneme. I recently found a textbook for analysing the raw speech spectra, but it will be a long while until I can come back here myself and give an answer with actual numerical evidence (you did after all ask for a phonetic description). I encourage anyone to provide a more satisfactory answer than mine! This is probably too specialized to be a bounty question.
Sep
21
comment Actual phonetic realization of “devoiced” vowels
@AmandaS Your're right, they're not dropped in the sense that at the lexical level they are always most definitely present. When devoicing occurs either the voiceless segment will be the same duration as if it were voiced, or there will be prosodic compensation from a neighbouring segment. In other words, even if it is phonetically absent its prosodic weight still must realize phonologically and phonetically. So it's the inviolability of this prosodic weight that native speakers intuit as the incapacity to be "dropped".
Sep
21
comment Actual phonetic realization of “devoiced” vowels
I've seen transcriptions for total deletion too, particularly [des] where [s] then becomes prosodically lengthened to fill the intended timing tier. Though です is such a frequent word I wouldn't be surprised if it had an exceptional pronunciation.