TAKASUGI Shinji wrote:The proper terms are voiced, voiceless, voicing/vocalization, and devoicing/devocalization.
A vowel is devoiced if:
- it is either /u/ or /i/
- and it is between voiceless consonants or at the end of a sentence
- it is in a mora with an accent fall.
Vowel devoicing depends on a speaker's dialect. Tokyoites usually devoice, while Osakans don't.
Aymeric wrote:I asked this question to a Japanese friend, and he told me that he actually pronounces the U, I just can't hear it...
Which takes us back to that old problem of native speakers often being totally unaware of what's really going on, or having a twisted idea about things they just take for granted…
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