View topic - ゞ、ゝ、ヾ、ヽ くりかえし Hiragana and Katakan
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Finally, there are special symbols for repeated kanji and kana, of which in modern Japanese only the kanji repeater 々 (called a kurikaeshi, くりかえし (繰り返し), meaning "repeat") is frequently used. The repeaters for hiragana are ゝ and ゞ, and the repeaters for katakana are ヽ and ヾ for unvoiced and voiced respectively, but due to the kana being relatively simple to write in contrast to many-stroke kanji, it is typically bad practice to use repeater symbols instead of repeating the kana.
I guess that pretty much means you will rarely if ever see the "ditto" character for kana. *shrug*
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Unvoiced consonants: k, s, t, and h
Voiced consonants: g, z/j, d/j, b and p
Look at the HA-gyou for example:
When you say HA, HI, HU, HE and HO, (は ひ ふ へ ほ) your vocal cords are not used too much--it's mostly air and your mouth shape that create the sound.
However, when you say BA, BI, BU, BE and BO (ば び ぶ べ ぼ), they sound more 'voiced' than their 'original' sounds. The sound BA is created very similarly to the HA sound, so the Japanese just add daku-ten (") to it to change the sound of HA to BA.
I'm no linguistics major, but this is what I have learned and been taught... anyone with better info--or correct info ^^;--feel free to add it.
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