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Gemination across word boundaries?

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Quick question. I suspect I know the answer but I want to make sure.

Since sound length is phonemic (hoshi and hoshii are two different words), if one word ends with a sound and the next word begins with the same sound, are they geminated or pronounced distinctly?

For example: mata aimashou. Is it /mataʔaimaʃoʊ/ or is it /mata:imaʃoʊ/?

July 8, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SageStoner

I think the word you want here for the example you gave is elision, not gemination.

To address your question, however, I would say that you should pronounce each syllable in a Japanese sentence distinctly and evenly.

As a practical matter, yes, gemination and elision do occur in everyday conversation, but not so frequently that you need to worry about it at this level.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Islacorn

You say it the first way. You just say each letter as it is written so またあいましょう is mataaimashou

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