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I lived in China for a couple years. My Chinese isn't too bad, but I'm always trying to get better. Special interests in:

  • Etymology
  • Historical phonology
  • Winning arguments in other languages

Mar
13
answered Why does 首饰的饰 have the 饣radical?
Mar
12
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
English and Finnish are also unified by a common script.
Mar
3
revised What is the classical Chinese meaning of 或?
traditional --> classical
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@Alenanno No one is claiming Pinyin is "valid for any language". If you look again, you'll see both BertR and I only made claims about Pinyin w.r.t. (Mandarin) Chinese. The claim is that Pinyin unambiguously represents the pronunciation of Chinese words, no less so than IPA. It's a claim that's very close to accurate.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@JimmyCallin Jimmy does have a point though that pinyin letters don't have a 1 letter : 1 phone relationship. Some might argue that it is (almost) 1 letter : 1 phoneme, but that really depends on your phonemic analysis of Mandarin (There's a lot of things in complementary distribution, so it's not clear at all which phonetically distinct vowels should be collapsed into a single phoneme.). Also, I said "almost" because there are some spelling things that mess it up (only writing umlauts when it's ambiguous, initial y- and w- spelling rules, etc.)
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@Alenanno I tend to agree with BertR (mostly). You could just as well make the same point about IPA. In IPA, ç is a voiceless palatal fricative. In french, it sounds like [s]. Oh no! Is something wrong with IPA? No, of course not. IPA is not just symbols--it's also a bunch of rules for pronouncing those symbols. The same for pinyin. I think BertR is making the point that pinyin is "universal" for chinese in that you can write down spoken Mandarin in pinyin unambiguously, and (following the established rules for pronouncing pinyin) read it back.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
@JimmyCallin No problem!
Mar
1
answered Where can I find Chinese IPA transcriptions?
Feb
26
comment Differentiating “to do a burnout” and “burning tyres”
Yeah, I've heard "peel out" for situations where you are accelerating rapidly.
Feb
26
answered Differentiating “to do a burnout” and “burning tyres”
Feb
24
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
@MikeManilone I agree. I think the underlying idea is 1 ethnic group : 1 language. So all the Chinese languages are "dialects", but all the minority languages are languages.
Feb
23
comment Which fonts show the stroke order of all characters?
@juckele Yeah, i was confused too. You have to look things up in the character dictionary (not the word dictionary). Then, click on the button with the arrows to the right of the resulting character, and then click the button with the brush. Then, i think it comes up with a java applet showing stroke order.
Feb
23
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
@MikeManilone That sort of undermines your answer that "Cantonese is a dialect of Chinese" for objective, non-political reasons.
Feb
23
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
@MikeManilone Those languages aren't closely related to the languages usually called "Chinese", and they're also not associated with the Han ethnic group.
Feb
22
comment Early childhood Chinese language immersion accent exposure
dialects != accents.
Feb
21
comment What is the classical Chinese meaning of 或?
@fmz no problem!
Feb
21
answered What is the classical Chinese meaning of 或?
Feb
18
comment What is the etymology of 放我一马?
@tao and NS.X. I think you guys are being too hard on tao. I had to read the story in order to understand it. The meaning of "让开马位" wasn't really clear to me from "放你一马".
Feb
17
comment 我也住在這裡 or 我也住這裡
Maybe you're confused about what "grammar" means. Chinese lacks conjugation, declension, and agreement, but to say there is "no such thing as grammar in Chinese" is patently false.
Feb
14
comment How to use 凭 as a preposition
really like the example sentences