At 4/12/10 06:54 AM, MrTrivia wrote:
Actually, Japanese is a tonal language. The meaning of "baka" can range from "silly" to "dumbass" depending on how you say it.
Actually, Japanese is not a tonal language.
You may be confusing the idea of a tonal language, with the idea of a 'pitch accent'. A 'pitch accent' being similar to stressing syllables in the English language. E.g. HAshi - Chopsticks and haSHI - Bridge.
Or perhaps you're confusing the idea of a 'tonal language' with just simply changing the pitch of the way you say a word to fit the way you mean it. As in "'baka' he said angrily" or "'baka' he said playfully".
I don't know.
Incidentally, in English the word 'idiot' can mean anything from 'silly' to 'dumbass' depending on how you say it as well.