Re: Why w and y are not vowels? [Was: Re: Latin vowels?]

From: Barry Caplan (
Date: Mon Sep 09 2002 - 17:17:55 EDT

At 04:37 PM 9/9/2002 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>> [Da][n] [Ko][ga][i], 5 Japanese Syllables, 3 English Syllables
>5 moras, 3 syllables, actually.

A new vocabulary word for me, so I looked it up...

>n. pl. moˇrae or moˇras
>The minimal unit of metrical time in quantitative verse, equal to the short syllable.

How does this apply unless I write something like?

" I think that I shall never see
a Kogai lovely as a tree "

"Mora" sounds like jargon for a more specialized situation, unless I am missing something ...

Barry Caplan

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