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接続詞・接続助詞. Parts of speech that connect two clauses together. This tag covers both conjunctive particles and actual conjunctions.
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条件表現. Also known as if-then constructions. In Japanese conditionals are expressed with one of と, ~(れ)ば, ~たら, なら(ば).
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コピュラ. Words such as だ・です or constructions such as である which link a noun or adjective to a subject. Similar to English 'be'.
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資源. Questions about books, websites, and other resources about the Japanese language.
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語法. The usage of the words.
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専門用語. Specialized words and phrases which cover specific concepts, fields, or phenomena.
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終助詞. Particles that act as qualifiers for the clause or sentence that they end. Reflects register and other pragmatic effects, such as the speaker's attitude.
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名詞. A part of speech typically denoting a person, thing, place or idea.
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構文解析. Questions about understanding how a phrase / sentence / utterance is put together, what its components are.
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手書き. Handwritten Japanese, including, but not restricted to, Japanese calligraphy.
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挨拶. Reciprocal verbal exchanges like "hello". Includes slang, colloquial, dialectal, and differing politeness levels.
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複合語. Words formed by putting two or more words or other elements together.
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他動性・自他対応. Whether or not verbs take a direct object as a complement. In Japanese, these objects are typically marked with the accusative case marker を.
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相(アスペクト). A verbal category mainly indicating the speaker's view of the temporal structure of the situation the clause describes, such as whether it is habitual or complete.
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形式名詞. A closed subclass of short nouns with general meaning and no specific content. Usually following an appositive clause or a relative clause. The formal noun の is not to be confused with the parti…
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名詞化. Turning a grammatical constituent such as a clause into a noun phrase, often using a nominalizing particle or formal noun such as の or こと.
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助詞「も」. Used with nouns and phrases to indicate "also".
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連用形. An inflection of verbs and adjectives known by various names in English, including "continuative form", "infinitive", "the stem", "conjunctive form", and even "Vmasu form" (since it's the form th…
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ローマ字. The various ways in which Japanese can be transliterated into the Latin script.
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形容動詞. A specialized class of nouns of that can be attached to other nouns (using the special copula form な for present-positive), to describe their properties.
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補助動詞. Verbs such as いる, おく, ある, いく, くる, and しまう, which can follow the 〜て form of a verb with special grammaticalized meanings. Not to be confused with 助動詞(じょどうし) "auxiliary verbs", which are inflect…
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インターネットスラング. Character strings unique to textual domains, including phone based texting. Includes emoticons if they are relevant to Japanese language or usage.
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代名詞. Words that substitute for a noun or noun phrase.
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句読法. A set of symbols and marks such as the comma and period, typically used to indicate either syntactic structure or to indicate pauses in speech.
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意向形. The verb form ending with 〜(よ)う. Also called 意志形.
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擬声語. Mimetic words representing sounds.
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命令. Grammar, syntax, and sentence patterns of giving commands, issuing orders, and related acts such as some requests and the equivalent of English "let's".
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Formal versus informal usage. In Japanese this can include, among other things, different endings and even entirely different words.
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古語. Old words or phrases no longer in general spoken or written use.
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使役. Japanese has a causative morpheme -(s)ase-, which turns verbs into causative verbs. Japanese also has a number of lexical causative verbs, as well.
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辞書. Questions regarding those resources, paper or digital, which typically list many words of a language in a specified order, along with usually a definitions or a close equivalent in another languag…
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関西弁. A group of dialects in the Kansai region.
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中国語. Although totally unrelated, the Chinese language has had perhaps a greater impact on the Japanese language than Latin has had on English, especially in the form of a vast number of loanwords and …
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アニメ. Language used in Japanese animation.
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音声学. The physical properties of the sounds of Japanese. Divided into articulatory phonetics (how the sounds are produced physically), auditory phonetics (the physical sounds we're able to hear physic…
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高低アクセント. Changes in pitch associated with a particular word. Does not include changes in pitch due to intonation.