Doubles a small tsu ALL consonants?

Asked 4 years ago
Hello Community, In several sources it's mentioned that a SMALL TSU doubles consonants. The problem is, some websites give almost identical examples with: っ/ッ + (S, T, C, K, G, B, P) But what about the others?: っ/ッ + (M, N, V, W ...) When I use some online converter, they double all of them. So, does a SMALL TSU double all consonants or not? And if not, in which cases? Thank you for your help!

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Not certain if this is what you're asking but I'll have a go anyways.

Just so you know your first set is correct (use of small tsu with any of these consonants, although I don't think I've ever seen a double B or C in Japanese but I may be mistaken and you've forgotten cch combinations), however the second is a bit off.

For instances of a double N or double M (such as sonna [like that] or honma [Kansai-ben spoken equivalent of hontou/masculine name] these are written with the ん character (so そんな and ほんま, respectively).

As for vv and ww, these sounds don't exist in Japanese. A clear W sound (consonant, not vowel) is normally denoted with a う (such as 思う, omo-wu, to think). Due to the nature of how it's pronounced you can't really double it up, same goes for V which at any rate is restricted to foreign loan words as it's not a naturally occurring sound in the Japanese language.

Answered 4 years ago