Does anyone know how lisps affect pronunciation in Japanese?

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  1. RaccoonButler

    RaccoonButler Founder of The Church of Mawarine Shuu Defender of Defoko

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    I was wondering what it would be like if someone recorded a japanese bank with a lisp as a pronunciation quirk. Would that have the same effect as if it was done in English, or would that throw off pronunciation entirely?

    Additionally in English, that would give the voice a stereotypically nerdy impression. Would it do the same in Japanese?

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  3. WinterdrivE

    WinterdrivE Ritsu's Renegades Defender of Defoko

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    In English lisps are noticeable because English distinguishes between the s sound and the th sound. Thus English speakers are keen to notice if one is replaced with the other. Japanese however does not distinguish the two since the th sound doesn't exist in Japanese, so it really doesn't matter.

    In my time in Japan, I've met a handful of people, both male and female, who have lisps and as far as I could tell it didn't really affect them or how anyone understood them. As for how its culturally perceived, i can't answer since I'm not culturally Japanese and didn't live there for long enough. But I'm inclined to believe that it just isn't really a thing since Japanese doesn't distinguish the two sounds. i.e., I'm not even sure anyone would notice a lisp or even how much of a concept a lisp is.
     
  4. Alessandra

    Alessandra Ruko's Ruffians Defender of Defoko

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    What's a lisp?
     
  5. FiftiesYoungin

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    Google it like I'm doing right now ;w;
     
  6. Alessandra

    Alessandra Ruko's Ruffians Defender of Defoko

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    Translate? You mean?
     
  7. FiftiesYoungin

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    Umm... If you speak another language then english then sure...
     
  8. UtaUtaUtau

    UtaUtaUtau Teto's Territory Defender of Defoko

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    I think it's fine cause Mendel Endou, a Japanese UTAU, has lisps. but idrk I'm not Japanese
     
  9. RaccoonButler

    RaccoonButler Founder of The Church of Mawarine Shuu Defender of Defoko

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    A lisp is when someone says the "th" sound instead of the "s" sound in words. So for example, the word "sister" would sound like "thithter"
     
  10. Wenyu

    Wenyu Teto's Territory Defender of Defoko

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    depends on how bad the lisp is.
    if its very light lisp it might not be that noticeable but you may still be able to hear it.
    if its a heavy lisp then obviously you can hear it clearly. but i don't think it will affect meaning of the lyrics because for japanese I'm pretty sure no words really start with a th sound. some people might find it painful to listen to but probably still understandable
     
  11. partial

    partial Defoko's Slaves Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    Len has a lisp and he's always sounded just fine to me.
     
  12. feloe

    feloe Teto's Territory Defender of Defoko

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    When i tried to be high pitch i created a bank with a lisp, without the recordings being 'lispy'...


    the impression it gives is up to interpretation.
    Also for reference - whilst i dont have a lisp, some people have said my voice sounds like i have a 'just had braces removed' kind of voice.
     

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