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Aug
27
comment Why is “Xy” pronounced as “Ki Shi” in Xylitol「キシリトール」?
@nkjt Excellent answer, except that if the Japanese borrowed the word from German and followed the IPA you mention, then the result should be closer to the German transcription you offered of クシュ...
Aug
27
comment Why is “Xy” pronounced as “Ki Shi” in Xylitol「キシリトール」?
@phoenixheart6 It may come from Greek etymologically, but it hasn't stopped English from saying it otherwise, so it's irrelevant. Greek is used to form words, but they are not directly borrowed from Greek so the original pronunciation is not retained.
Jul
21
answered “y”-sound insertion after intervocalic ん
May
21
comment How important is one's pitch when speaking Japanese?
I've created a video about Japanese Pitch Accent. Hope it helps. youtu.be/EeaLEC6KO20
Apr
17
answered Pronunciation of す in です and the end of ます verbs
Mar
11
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
6
answered What to reply when the ladies sweeping the steps outside a temple tell you 「ご苦労様」?
Feb
6
comment How can I differentiate agreement with the person and agreement with the idea?
そうですね is not exactly agreement (your 2nd paragraph). It's often closer to "I see what you're saying". If someone presents a problem and you say that, you're simply indicating that you understand the problem, not that you agree.
Jan
27
comment Sentence level pitch accent for 標準語
It listed 四季の歌 (LH.L.LH). @Matt -- do you know if NHK and Shinmeikai both use the same rules (ie. rule 71 is the same in both)?
Jan
27
comment Sentence level pitch accent for 標準語
After looking at the Shinmeikai, it appears that non-single-mora nouns with accent on the last mora (like 山) become flat before の. However, this only applies to single-morpheme nouns, as compound nouns made up of two words are not affected by の. Numbers also seem unaffected. Note that on the contrary, an accentless verb will go down just before (泣くのLHL).
Jan
26
comment Sentence level pitch accent for 標準語
Just thought I'd add something about "sentence-level" pitch -- I don't think there's such a thing. Pitch works at the level of phrases, so within the noun phrase, or the verb phrase, for instance, as pitch changes when two words come together, gobi change the pitch of accented verbs or adjectives, etc.
Jan
26
comment Sentence level pitch accent for 標準語
I agree with what you've both said -- 日 has different pitch whether it's day or sun, and あの人 is lexicalized. As for the の problem, Matt seems to imply that the levelling only occurs when the accent is on the last mora, so perhaps accent in that position is more vulnerable; however, I have to agree with you that something else seems to be in play. I only have my electronic NHK dictionary on hand, I'll have to check the paper version at home to see if the の or この entries point to any kind of rule.
Jan
25
comment Voiced or unvoiced syllables in compound words
In trying to account for 青空, 夜空, 星空 with rendaku but 美空 without, might the fact that only the latter has no accent play a role? 美空 has no accent in jdic, but I'm not sure how the name is actually pronounced (as 3-syll names usually have pitch on the 1st).
Jan
25
comment Pronouncing が as 'nga'
There are actually specific rules governing when g can be ng. It's true that it can't happen word-initially (which is more specific than "between vowels", especially since [んが] can be ng), but there are also rules governing when ng is allowed or not in compound words for instance. I have no idea whether native speakers would readily identify using g instead of ng or vice-versa as a mistake per se.
Jan
18
answered How to speak in Kansai dialect
Jan
13
answered Should I speak in the local dialect and/or accent of an area?
Nov
11
comment Is the pitch data correct in this pdf file intended for learners?
@Matt -- I don't know about "ready to go". I wanted to group the info in a format that's easier to remember. 射て is easy to account for, but I didn't expect 帰って(-4)! I'll be darned!
Nov
11
awarded  Commentator
Nov
11
comment Is the pitch data correct in this pdf file intended for learners?
I would gladly have taken the time to ask the question properly but there must be over 60 verb forms on the pdf, so I think it would be impractical to post them all here. I will try to consider a different way to ask.
Nov
11
revised Is the pitch data correct in this pdf file intended for learners?
added 3 characters in body