Lưu Vĩnh Phúc
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Are there any languages or cultures that have genderless given names?
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Vietnamese names, like Chinese, have no specific name set. So the choice depends on the parents or the person who gives the name. They can choose any syllable they like to combine into the name. But ...

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Does any language using the Latin alphabet have a unique name for "w"?
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In many Germanic languages it's /ve/, as fdb said In other Germanic languages, including German, its name is similar to that of English V https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W#Name In Polish it's /...

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Can the Chinese script be used to record non-Chinese languages?
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Of course it can be used to record lots of other languages and you can find the complete list here For Vietnamese a new type of script called chữ nôm based on Chinese characters is created. There are ...

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ù - Are there other words (in which languages?) other than the french word "Où" that uses it?
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In Vietnamese there are 6 tones and the grave accent is used to indicate the falling tone. "ù" itself means "fat". But the tone is applied to every syllable in Vietnamese, hence any vowels can have ...

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How do tones work in music sung in tonal languages, such as Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese?
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In Vietnamese songs the tones will generally follow the melodies. Of course sometimes there still be some odd, out-of-tone sounds but most of it is a product of an amateur musician. As André Müller ...

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Are there any languages without /a/ or /i/?
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Nearly all languages have at least three phonemic vowels, usually /i/, /a/, /u/ as in Classical Arabic and Inuktitut (or /ɐ/, /ɪ/, /ʊ/ as in Quechua), though Adyghe and many Sepik languages have a ...

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What languages use numbers to name the week days and months?
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Vietnamese uses numbers for both months and weekdays January: Tháng 1 February: Tháng 2 ... December: Tháng 12 For weekdays Monday → Thứ hai (2nd day of week) Tuesday → Thứ ba (3rd ...

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Is there any language that uses different pronouns for "we" depending on whether the spoken to person is included in the group?
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In Vietnamese there are 2 types of "we": inclusive we: "chúng ta", to address the speaker, the person spoken to, and maybe others if any exclusive we: "chúng tôi", to address the speaker and others, ...

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Hang Sơn Đoòng — the syllable Đoòng in Vietnamese orthography
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I'm no linguistics expert but the sound "oong" in the North is pronounced like "on" /ɔŋ/ in Southern dialect. In the South they are both pronounced the same. For example the word "đoòng" above is ...

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Languages with multiple forms of the verb "to be"
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In Vietnamese I don't think there's a direct equivalent of to be in English, but there are some words to describe the meanings like @bytebuster said: an object x is a part of set X: là, e.g. "đây là ...

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Why are some words to express country names different between Chinese and Japanese?
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There are various reasons for this. The Chinese and Japanese people got into contact with foreign people separately. Each would then map the words they heard to what's closest their language. Due to ...

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How was the /j/ initial in Middle Chinese borrowed into Vietnamese?
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The sound /ð/ doesn't exist in Vietnamese. And d in Vietnamese doesn't represent any of the D-like sound as you expected. The d sound in Vietnamese is /ɗ/ which is a voiced alveolar implosive and ...

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Do all non-syllabic, non-logographic scripts have pronounceable names for their letters for spelling?
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I don't think there's an alphabet without names for the characters because if there wasn't, how can they spell the words? In certain circumstances spelling is neccessary. Even logographic scripts like ...

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