Screenshot's from YouTube. I don't speak Chinese and don't understand the relevance of these ideograms. I emailed him twice, but after 5 months, got no reply.

enter image description here

  • Although there are theories that we can all spout, there is no standard reason for association between these Chinese characters and initial/coda, and I think you've done all you can in contacting the content creator / editor. – Michaelyus Jul 17 '19 at 13:10
  • AFAIK these characters aren't used in normal Chinese words for onset or coda. 子 is "child" and appears in one word for "consonant" (子音 zǐyīn); however, the traditional concept of syllable "initial", more or less the same as "onset", glosses as "voice-mother" (声母)—the opposite idea of "child". As for 了, the core meaning is "end", but it's not used in the word for "coda" either (=音节尾 "syllable tail"). Neither are these particular characters used in Japanese equivalents. – melissa_boiko Jul 17 '19 at 13:17
  • The reason 子 is chosen to represent onset must be because it represents the Rat, the first sign of the Chinese zodiac. – Nardog Jul 17 '19 at 14:56

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.