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Jun
9
comment Written Cantonese Pronunciation
Can you give some examples?
Jun
1
answered Simplification of 蘭(兰)
May
16
comment What is the most complex simplifed character?
@BertR. Thanks. In a frequency list I've included in the answer, 蠢 and 攀 have comparable frequencies, although 蠢 is the more common one.
May
16
answered What is the most complex simplifed character?
May
16
comment Referring to great-grandparents
Another fun fact: kinship systems like Chinese in which each relation has a separate name are known as Sudanese, presumably after an archetypal instance.
May
16
awarded  Editor
May
16
revised Referring to great-grandparents
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May
16
answered Referring to great-grandparents
May
16
comment Referring to great-grandparents
dusan means whether there's different words for: mother's mother's mother, mother's mother's father, mother's father's mother, etc. in the same way that we distinguish 祖母, 外祖母, etc.
May
15
comment What is the most complex simplifed character?
I've always marvelled at 攀...
May
13
accepted The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
May
13
comment The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
Thanks. My university has copies of both; I'll definitely take a look.
May
13
awarded  Commentator
May
13
comment The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
Yes, that explanation makes sense. The final stop would have had to have been present to block the metathesis. Incidentally, do you know of any reference work about these and similar sound changes?
May
13
comment The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
You're right, all the sound changes you've described are not particularly hard to imagine. The missing link was that /ʐɨ/ metathesised to /ɨʐ/ -- thanks for making that clear!
May
12
asked The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
Apr
22
answered Why in China do they use k instead of m for the slope of a line?
Mar
24
answered What is the function of 的多 in this sentence?
Mar
21
comment In Cantonese, what does 多到 (do1 dou3) mean?
This is correct. It says that the number of cases are 多 (many) 到 (to the extent that) it's getting serious.
Mar
6
comment 佰 vs 百: inconsistency in use
Thanks. Yes, that did come to mind...