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Subject: Re: 日本
From: Lawrence (Theman5697hotmail.com)
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 11:48:10 GMT
References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
> > "Nippon" and "happyaku" directly came from kanji pronunciation. Addition of /i/ or /u/ to a coda and shift from [p] to [h] occurred.
> > 日: nit → niti (nichi)
> > 日本: nit-pon → nip-pon
> Alright, I still haven't been able to find out why 日本 would have been pronounced にぽん in the first place. I understand the shift from p → f → h, but what I don't get is why would there not have been a glottal stop? In any other case like this (e.g. 出発 → しゅっぱつ) the glottal stop is there, so why not here?
It is not にぽん but にっぽん.
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