On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 8:43 PM, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Selon Garth Wallace : >> >> In Japanese it really is [toN.ka.ts)u]. > > Actually, if you want to be really correct phonetically, it's > [toN.ka.t_sM_0] (/u/ is unrounded, and normally unvoiced at the end of a > word after an unvoiced consonant). Actually, the last vowel in such a word > is so voiceless that to untrained ears it sometimes sounds as if it's > absent. Ah, true. I guess that was sort of a semi-phonemic transcription, not a truly phonetic one.