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On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 8:43 PM, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets
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> 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.