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Subject: Re: long vowels
From: TAKASUGI Shinji (tssf.airnet.ne.jp)
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 05:57:01 GMT
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Japanese is metronomic, and a long vowel is twice as long as a short vowel.

Think about the following sentence:
紅白 (こうはく) 歌合戦 (うたがっせん) () ましたか。
Kôhaku-Utagassen o mimashita ka?
(Have you seen the "Red and White Singing Competition"?)

This sentence has 16 morae (metronomic units) and is pronounced in less than 2 seconds. Suppose one mora is pronounced in 1/8 second.

SyllablePitch# MoraTime (sec.)
HL21/4
haL11/8
kuL11/8
uL11/8
taH11/8
gasHL21/4
senLL21/4
oL11/8
miL11/8
maH11/8
shiL11/8
taL11/8
kaH11/8
Total162




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