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「え゛」 - how is this pronounced?

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「え゛」 - how is this pronounced?

Postby KeroGero » Fri 10.28.2005 7:47 pm

It's a hiragana 「え」 with a 「゛」 added to it, like you would add to 「か」 to get 「が」, or 「さ 」to get 「ざ」. I tried googling for it, and while I've found a few Japanese pages with the character, no hints on how to pronounce it came up.

Anyone know what it is?
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RE: 「え゛」 - how is this pronounced?

Postby Harisenbon » Fri 10.28.2005 9:20 pm

It's a stresser. It's not an official character, but when trying to emulate someone's speaking style in print, non-official kana are sometimes used.

This would be like. "HUH!?!" or something similar.
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RE: 「え゛」 - how is this pronounced?

Postby KeroGero » Fri 10.28.2005 10:51 pm

Yeah, the meaning was clear from the context. Two officers tell a girl about a bomb threat, and she's like, 「え゛っ!?」...

Hmmm... So then... It sounds like serves the same purpose as the 「っ」 at the end of a word does... Is that right?
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RE: 「え゛」 - how is this pronounced?

Postby Kates » Fri 10.28.2005 11:39 pm

I always imagined a very short, stressed sound when reading something like 「え゛っ!?」 So yeah, there really isn't a special sound that is created, it just implies some more emphasis or stress.
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RE: 「え゛」 - how is this pronounced?

Postby Shibakoen » Mon 10.31.2005 12:28 am

This is one thing that's confused me. Is it more commonly written as" えぇぇ?" or "へぇ?" I had some students tell me that they actually have a "へぇぇ" button for sale in Tokyo, popularized by some comedy act. Anyway, is there a difference between these two phrases? I hear "えぇぇ??" quite a bit, especially from women, to express disbelief.
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