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reviewed Looks OK Which of these words for “to carry” are actually used?
Aug
17
reviewed Looks OK What are the different ways to say “Chapter” in Chinese?
Aug
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the function of 的多 in this sentence?
Aug
14
comment Why is the 会 in 会计 pronounced kuài?
There's another point of data that indicates that the alternation is due to a much older distinction and it is that it exists in other modern varieties of Chinese. For instance, in Cantonese, the alternation is wui6 vs. kui2. There's a slight irregularity here too in that the expected tone for kui should be 3 rather than 2, but that could be explained by the tone change phenomenon that Cantonese exhibits.
Aug
13
comment Why is the 会 in 会计 pronounced kuài?
@user54609 The alternation did exist, but with expected sound changes it should have been hui vs. gui rather than hui vs. kuai.
Aug
13
comment Why is the 会 in 会计 pronounced kuài?
@user54609 It's actually kuai that's the irregular reading. The expected pronunciation following regular sound changes should be gui (mentioned as an alternate pronunciation here), but the older kwai pronunciation ended up getting preserved rather than following the expected sound changes (probably because it was only used in limited contexts).
Aug
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on what is the ancient Chinese 1 character name for woman like '子’ means men?
Aug
11
comment What happened to the Old Chinese coda -p of 拉 in Cantonese?
@OmniBus I think you misunderstand what jogloran means by 'strict formula'. Sound changes are generally regular. The diversity of languages comes about because different sound changes occur among different groups, but the changes themselves are generally fairly regular and consistent. This notwithstanding, exceptions can be found. In this case, the Cantonese pronunciation of 蠟 and 臘 came about via regular sound change from OC *lop, but this did not occur for 拉, so jogloran is asking why this is the case; often the answer uncovers something interesting about the history of the language.
Aug
11
comment What happened to the Old Chinese coda -p of 拉 in Cantonese?
This is an interesting hypothesis, though if it were the case, we'd find some documentation for it. For example, both 內 and 對 are documented in 《康熙字典》 as 去 tones (內:奴對切,餒去聲;對:都內切,𠀤音碓), with the alternative 入 pronunciation being listed for 內 (奴荅切。同納。). The entry for 拉, however, only recognizes the 入 form (落合切,𠀤音菈。讀與臘近。). If the modern pronunciation came from the OC *-s final, you'd think the 去 form would have made an appearance by the time 《康熙字典》 was compiled.
Aug
11
comment What happened to the Old Chinese coda -p of 拉 in Cantonese?
Great question... I was actually going to ask this myself too but you beat me to it. :)
Aug
7
answered How to use jyutping as an input method on windows 8.1
Aug
7
reviewed Looks OK Meaning of these sign
Aug
6
revised What is the difference between 免费 and 无偿?
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Jul
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to say “being” as in “Being jewish”
Jul
25
comment How to say “being” as in “Being jewish”
@200_success I suppose it depends what you are trying to convey. 当 can denote a hypothetical condition, so it could be used if you weren't Jewish but were talking about what it would be like being Jewish.
Jul
24
answered Yale tone marks and low-level 'h' for vowel-less syllables
Jul
22
comment Third tone sandhi: when (if ever) does 3 3 become 3 0 instead of 2 3?
possible duplicate of Is there a tone sandhi rule that "4 3" changes to "4 0"?
Jul
22
comment Third tone sandhi: when (if ever) does 3 3 become 3 0 instead of 2 3?
@chapka You can refer to the answer in this very similar question: chinese.stackexchange.com/a/5753/166
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on 日 and 月: Transition from pictographs to hanzi
Jul
11
reviewed Close when will we use 没(mei3) and 不(bu4) before verb in sentences?