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Student of computational lingustics at Uppsala University in Sweden.


Jul
4
comment Were the choice of characters in compound words based on their intrinsic meaning, or are their meaning derived from their use in compound words?
I could imagine that the increased use of compound words were introduced when they started to write more like how they spoke (in the end of the 19th century if I remember correctly), but please correct me if I'm wrong. It would be interesting to know if they during this point invented a lot of new characters, or if the old characters already were sufficient.
Jul
4
comment Were the choice of characters in compound words based on their intrinsic meaning, or are their meaning derived from their use in compound words?
@Stan I'm asking about the etymology of Chinese characters, and how their meaning were derived.
Jun
29
comment Where is 蛮 used, as in the meaning of 'quite'?
@Stan Ah, the 'dialectal' classifications in Chinese dictionaries maybe shouldn't be trusted! Thanks!
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@BertR To add to explanation, it's enough to look for inconsistencies within the pinyin system itself, where the character i is most notable. Notice the difference between how it's pronounced in 'xi' and in 'ri'. Or that 'e' in 'neng' and 'e' (as in being hungry) are different vowels. This is a distinction which IPA makes.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
Thank you for your input. And Phonemica – what an amazing website!
Feb
28
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
As mentioned above, transliteration to from characters to pinyin is note the same as transcribing from speech to IPA. The latter is much more precise and the same word may get different transcriptions depending on its neighbors, since words usually are colored by context.
Feb
28
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
Thank you, but I'm more interested in actual transcriptions from speech, to study how the pronunciation of words change in different contexts.