A community for students.

Here's the question you clicked on:

55 members online
  • 0 replying
  • 0 viewing

aishanuwang

  • one year ago

日本語 - the kanji 時 ("o'clock") has the kana じ, but I've seen this can be pronounced as either "ji" or "zi." Is it simply a matter of preference on the part of the speaker, or does the pronunciation change based on the place of 時 in the sentence?

  • This Question is Closed
  1. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Hello, As far as I known it is not a matter of preference or the use of a kanji character. The kana character you reference is part of the 四つ仮名 (yotsugana). Which is a specific set of four kana characters. (じ, ぢ, ず, づ) (zi, zi, zu, zu). \(\bf{じ}\) transliterated is usually written as \(ji\) due to Hepburn transliteration style being more common in America. The \(ji\) however does not mean to sound they same way you pronounce it American English. It sounds closer to the \(j\) in French if I had to make a comparison. (Which is somewhat like \(zi\) in American English.) If you understand the International Phonetic Alphabet, I can explain this all the more easier by saying it sounds like \(dʑi\) or \(ʑi\). (Which hits the pronunciation spot on. (Should be soft though.)) Side note: The \(ji\) comes from Hepburn transliteration style, the \(zi\) comes from the Ministry of Education transliteration style, also known as the Kunrei-shiki rōmaji style. Disclaimer: Pronunciation, orthography, and phonology are not my forte. Peace.

  2. Vincent-Lyon.Fr
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 1

    As I understand it: there is no opposition in Japanese between the phonemes \ʒ\ and \ʤ\, and as Algorithmic said above, the romaji transcription ji and zi will lead to the same character じ on your computer. Typing jikann or zikann will both lead to 時間.

  3. anonymous
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Sorry I should have clarified, \(dʑi\) and \(ʑi\) sound exactly alike however it can be written either way or so I have seen. So I decided to leave both in because of the common usage of both.

  4. aishanuwang
    • one year ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    Thank you both for the clarification!

  5. Not the answer you are looking for?
    Search for more explanations.

    • Attachments:

Ask your own question

Sign Up
Find more explanations on OpenStudy
Privacy Policy

Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.

spraguer (Moderator)
5 → View Detailed Profile

is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...

23

  • Teamwork 19 Teammate
  • Problem Solving 19 Hero
  • You have blocked this person.
  • ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...

Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.

This is the testimonial you wrote.
You haven't written a testimonial for Owlfred.