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Eric Christopherson wrote:
> Speaking of Japanese, does anyone know how /tu/ became [tsM] ([M] is an
> unrounded [u])? I had thought maybe the /M/ was originally a front vowel,
> but then how does one account for the presence of /i/?

Also speaking of Japanese, I read on a web page about Japanese that it's
believed that Japanese once had eight vowels, but the other three were
listed as /i"/, /o"/, and /e"/.  I would suppose that /o"/ would be
fronted /o/, but what would the other two represent?  Centralized
vowels, maybe?

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