Consonants of Standard Chinese within the Scope of Standard Slovenian Sound System
This paper discusses the pronunciation of consonants of Standard Chinese from the perspective of native speakers of Slovenian. Slovenian distinguishes 21 consonants, whereas Chinese distinguishes 22. Since there are differences in the phonetic features of the two languages in question, this paper examines the strategies of how to map Chinese phonemes to Slovenian sounds. In this process, the principle of rationality plays an important role to avoid unnecessary complications. To achieve this goal, we first outline the categories of Slovenian and Chinese consonants, compare them using the International phonetic alphabet, and propose equivalents for the Slovenian reader. Guidelines for the suggested pronunciation are finally summarized in a short passage.
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