Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

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Ah-bin
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Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

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Just another little survey about Northern Malaysian Hokkien....

De Gijzel's dictionary has "kun" for "also"

Tim the traveller's Hokkien word list has "tun"
http://www.penang-traveltips.com/glossa ... -words.htm

Does anyone actually say that? I was dubious about the "kun" to start with, but now I see the "tun" I don't know what to think any more!

The only one I've ever heard is "pun".

Also, Tim's Penang Hokkien blog has "thai kwui" for "too expensive", which I have never heard before. It's a pity to use Mandarin when Hokkien already has siauN and koe-thau for "too"!

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Re: Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

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Nope, never heard of tun or kun for 'also' from my end... it has always been pûn, or among some more literal speakers, ǐa (? ?).

I have heard thāi used quite frequently among Penang Hokkien speakers. I myself use thāi and siauⁿ interchangeably (hopefully for the right reasons! :lol: ), and 過頭 kōe-thău for emphasis on the excessiveness. I would be inclined to say that it is marginally more prevalent among the Chinese-educated speakers. That said, thāi in Penang Hokkien is pronounced with a mid-level (is it called 陰平?) tone, not like the Mandarin 4th tone.
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Re: Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

Post by amhoanna »

Thài (RT: 52) = TOO is used in TW, but not frequently. It means something is EVEN MORE EXCESSIVELY XX than just "siuⁿ XX". The tone of voice has to reflect this as well.

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Re: Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

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Thanks both of you. I wonder where these kuns and tuns are coming from?

Perhaps thai is filling a niche (and it would sandhi to 33 in front of another syllable, not that is ever found alone) between koe-thau and siauN?

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Re: Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

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Yes, "kun" is heard in Penang. It's 均 like 均有 used by rather older generations. You will hear it in Chinese drugstore or temples. I have never heard of "tun".

太 is thài and not thāi. Therefore it sandhis to thai very reasonably.

Did you realise an affix used by Penangites to express "extreme" and "excessive", verbally pronounced as tsi-kuē or tsit-kuē.

What ? It's 35 dollars ? = Ha-mìh ? 35-khoo tsi-kuē ?

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Re: Who on Earth says "tun" and "kun" for "pun"????

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Aha! Well, I actually finally heard someone say 'tun' for 'pun' today in the latest PGHK podcast, so there must be a few people out there who do it!

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