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In a message dated 8/4/2007 1:29:12 PM Central Daylight Time, 
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> At the same time Mandarin does not use the labial glide in finals,
> only in initials as a consonant. The vowel series in "zuo4" is
> actually a falling opening diphthong - i.e. the main vowel is the [u]
> and the glide, if any, is [O].
> 

I have doubts about this interpretation of which part is the glide.  I think 
it's the 'u' in the middle.

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