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Sep
16
comment What is the word for “they/them”?
牠 is not the strict traditional form of 它. Rather, both 牠 and 它 were merged into 它 in simplified Chinese. Traditionally, 牠 referred to animate objects whereas 它 referred to inanimate objects.
Sep
16
comment Tone three sandhi
possible duplicate of 我(也)很好 and tone sandhi
Sep
6
reviewed Close Can someone please translate this Chinese picture to English?
Sep
4
reviewed Close Could someone translate text carved on my flute?
Aug
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is written in this satellite photograph?
Aug
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on 翻译这个传统的中国地图 --坤輿萬國全圖--
Aug
28
reviewed Reopen Character Gaps On Comic Conversation : 5
Aug
28
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Aug
28
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Aug
28
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Aug
27
comment Chinese countable/uncountable nouns (How do they work? Examples?)
You may find this answer to this other question helpful as well: chinese.stackexchange.com/a/3664/166
Aug
20
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.