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Pronouncing words with more than one つ

Garrett G Garrett G (0) on 10/05/13

There are several words with double つ's but I'm kind of unaware of how it's actually pronounced.

For example: 人は泣きつつ生まれ、泣き言を言いつつ暮らし、失望落胆して死ぬ

Would the timing be the similar as reciting かきくけこ for instance, or more like how ます/です changes a bit? Or even something like "まじっすか!?" Is there a term for that? 音変化 is for readings right? Would I be correct in assuming that 五つ is pronounced more like いつ・つ rather than い・つ・つ? More words that contain it are 包む、現つ、慎む and 突付く.

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「つつ」in the sample sentence is used as conjunction, linking two events and explaining those events are happening at the same time. This つつ is always pronounced with the immediate previous word; 「泣きつつ」should be pronounced as if they are a one word. If you separate 泣き and つつ, it sounds a bit unnatural. 「つつ」itself is pronounced just as is, tsu tsu, 2 syrable.

There is another way to use 「つつ」, which describes changing its stage/situation and so on. i.e., 寒くなりつつある(it's getting cold) 良くなりつつある(it's getting better)

Sample recording:
人は泣きつつ生まれ、泣き言を言いつつ暮らし、失望落胆して死ぬ
確認しつつ進める
考えつつ歩く

寒くなりつつある
良くなりつつある
増加しつつある

五つ
包む
うつつ
慎む

突付く
in casual conversation, you can also say つっつく

Hope it helps ;)

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