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Jul
28
answered Mandarin Neutral Tone: Tone Value?
Jul
25
comment What is the difference between 好多 vs. 很多?
Humorous example of how interchangeable 好 is for 很: 你好坏哦!
Jul
23
comment Etymologically Correct Character For The Sichuanese ‘niang’ Meaning “What”
@S.Rhee It'd be nice to have IPA for it. Given that 四川話 is famous for it's n-l merger, it's hard to know whether it's phonetically an [l] or an [n] from that.
Jul
23
comment Etymologically Correct Character For The Sichuanese ‘niang’ Meaning “What”
@S.Rhee Do we know how that's actually pronounced? I presume that 啷 is another phonetic rendering (like 娘), so this might support my answer.
Jul
23
comment Character 瞓: where did the pronunciations come from?
@無色受想行識 I'd also like to see Claw's response to your question. However, I think you're using an incorrect definition of "regular sound change". "Regular" doesn't mean "unconditional"; your proposal that "certain vowels and finals conditioned the sound change" is an example of regular sound change.
Jul
23
comment Character: “Kei” For “To Go” (去) In Sichuanese
@Claw Just curious: was there a pattern to which remained and which became h?
Jul
23
comment What is the origin of the word 雪茄 (cigar)?
Welcome to Chinese Stack Exchange; have an upvote! In the future (once you pass 15 points), you can comment on other people's posts. This answer is somewhat slim and might do better as either a comment on or an edit to the other answer that indirectly suggests that 雪茄 entered via Wu. Alternately, you could expand your answer (e.g., with similar background to the other one along with sourced transcriptions of 雪茄 into some Wu dialect).
Jul
23
answered Etymologically Correct Character For The Sichuanese ‘niang’ Meaning “What”
Jul
23
comment Etymologically Correct Character For The Sichuanese ‘niang’ Meaning “What”
Not an answer, but a suggested resource: The 方言词汇 is a spectacular book, including surveys of common vocab across many dialects, using etymologically correct character choices (or commenting when one is not easily available). For example, 东西 will be listed in the various 吴 dialects as 物事, along with a pronunciation (~meh zy), rather than picking characters that sound like the pronunciation (e.g., 么子).
Jul
13
revised Different kinds of writing paper
Formatting (pinyin w/tone marks + characters)
Jul
12
comment Alternative notations for Cantonese tones
@JackMaddington Also, since you seem confused about the "9 tones", I should note that there are 3 other "allotones" for syllables ending in -p,-t,-k. For example, sīk has a different tone contour than sī. Similarly for si and sik and for sih and sihk. However, these tone differences are never contrastive (i.e., if the syllable ends in a stop consonant, then the contour is one way, if they don't, then it's the other way), so all the romanizations I listed don't make the distinction--they treat sihk as the same tone as sih, etc.
Jul
12
comment Alternative notations for Cantonese tones
@JackMaddington Yale distinguishes the high-level and high-falling (both #1 in all systems) with tone marks (e.g., sī vs sì). Neither of the other systems do. It should be noted that in HK Cantonese, those two tones have merged, and so they don't need to be distinguished in writing.
Jul
12
answered Alternative notations for Cantonese tones
Jul
11
comment The two pronunciations of 粘
@wpt Thanks for the info :)
Jul
10
answered The two pronunciations of 粘
Jul
8
comment Why do some Chinese characters have multiple simplified variants?
Answer very unclear. Which characters are you referring to?
Jul
8
answered When did the usage of “N” to indicate some unspecified quantity come up?
Jul
7
comment Were 蒸 and 祯 homonyms?
FWIW: One middle-chinese reconstruction gives 蒸 = tɕiəŋ and 禎 = ȶiɛŋ. Not identical, but close (slight change in vowel quality, affricate vs stop).
Jul
4
revised Words referring to the shape of Chinese characters
Added "6 pack abs"
Jul
2
answered Character classification by type