5 votes

Desu pronounced dess: what about other words?

This is not a direct answer to your question but let me explain about difference between voicing/devoicing vowels and prolonging vowels. There are several ways to pronounce です or the likes. des (1 ...
user4092's user avatar
  • 16.5k
5 votes

Desu pronounced dess: what about other words?

In Japanese phonotactics, high vowels (for Japanese, these are i and u) have a certain property: they become unvoiced when surrounded by unvoiced sounds. Since the "u" in desu is surrounded on the ...
Kurausukun's user avatar
  • 2,359
1 vote

Why is gemination limited to voiceless obstruents?

For the older vocabulary of Japanese, we have native "Yamato" terms and borrowed Sino-Japanese terms. For these, gemination as spelled with the small-tsu っ historically only happened with voiceless ...
Eiríkr Útlendi's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible