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接続詞・接続助詞. Parts of speech that connect two words, sentences, phrases, or clauses together.
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Finding a Japanese equivalent of an English word or expression, especially when a straight translation to Japanese might have different connotations from the original English phrase.
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専門用語. Specialized words and phrases which cover specific concepts, fields, or phenomena.
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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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Reciprocal verbal exchanges like "hello". Includes slang, colloquial, dialectal, and differing politeness levels.
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名詞. A part of speech typically denoting a person, thing, place or idea.
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コピュラ. Special words or particles (such as です and だ) which allow a noun to be the predicate of a sentence, somewhat equivalent to English "am", "be", "is", "was", "were".
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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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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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構文解析. Questions about understanding how a phrase / sentence / utterance is put together, what its components are.
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他動性. 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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複合語. Words formed by putting two or more words or other elements together.
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手書き. Handwritten Japanese, including, but not restricted to, Japanese calligraphy.
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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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ローマ字. The various ways in which Japanese can be transliterated into the Latin script.
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連用形. An inflection of verbs known by various names in English, such as "continuative form". Other names include "infinitive", "the stem", "conjunctive form", or even "Vmasu form" (since it's the form…
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準体. Turning a grammatical constituent such as a clause into a noun phrase, often using a nominalizing particle such as の or こと.
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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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句読点. 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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擬声語. Mimetic words representing sounds.
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助詞「も」. Used with nouns and phrases to indicate "also".
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相. 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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意向形. The verb form ending with 〜(よ)う. Also called 意志形.
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古語. Old words or phrases no longer in general spoken or written use.
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関西弁. A group of dialects in the Kansai region.
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代名詞. Words that substitute for a noun or noun phrase.
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音声学. Describes the physical properties of a language's sounds.
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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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Formal versus informal usage. In Japanese this can include, among other things, different endings and even entirely different words.
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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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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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高低アクセント. Changes in pitch associated with a particular word. Does not include changes in pitch due to intonation.
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Questions about the Japanese Language as related to computing Note: questions that aren't directly related to the Japanese language (e.g. "How do I input Japanese characters on Windows?") belong on…
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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.