Why do some kanji change sound?

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Why do some kanji change sound?

Post by QuakerBits » Wed 03.21.2012 10:04 am

So, not sure if this is in the right area of the form... anyways.

So here's 2 examples:
→手紙
→灰皿

I'm confused how the か in 紙 becomes が. Same with the さ in 皿 becoming a ざ sound、and so on for other kanji. I know this is probably to make it easier to pronounce, but I know of no rules of this to make it "understandable", or what it's even called.

Unless this is quick to explain, please do provide a link so I don't waste your time.. If this was posted already, I have no idea how to search it, so I'm veddy sorry.

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Re: Why do some kanji change sound?

Post by phreadom » Wed 03.21.2012 10:27 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendaku

That should give you an introduction to it. :) I don't know enough to give any better explanation myself. :/
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Re: Why do some kanji change sound?

Post by Ongakuka » Wed 03.21.2012 10:28 am

The reason is that it is easier to say (or at least flow better.) I see Phreadom-san has posted a link so I guess that will cover everything else :)
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Re: Why do some kanji change sound?

Post by QuakerBits » Wed 03.21.2012 8:38 pm

Thanks a lot guys(: And thanks for the fast response!!!!!

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