sci.lang.japan FAQ / 7. Pronunciation

7.9. What is rendaku?

Rendaku (連濁) is a phenomenon of Japanese speech in which the second part of a compound word changes from unvoiced to a voiced syllable. Rendaku is common in names. For example, mae and ta combine to form the name Maeda, with the ta becoming da.

It is also common in compound words where the same word is repeated, such as tokidoki and tokorodokoro.


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