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長音. Vowels held for twice as long as short vowels. Unlike in English, long vowels in Japanese are not diphthongs. Long vowels in hiragana are generally written an extra kana such as あいうえお; in katak…
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For questions regarding the use of Input Method Editors (such as Anthy) when entering Japanese text into a computer.
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役割語. Special language patterns and vocabulary used by fictional characters, often marking this character as fitting a stereotyped 'role' such as "the old man" or "the samurai". This includes キャラ語尾, w…
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Questions asking for audio to be transcribed.
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イントネーション. Questions concerning the rising and falling pitch in spoken Japanese, not including pitch accent.
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Cultural or emotional association beyond a word's or phrase's literal meaning.
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助詞「より」. Used in comparisons as a reference point ("compared to", "more than"). It can be also used to mean "from" (equivalent to から).
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読解. Help with reading passages in Japanese and understanding their meaning.
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指小辞. A word suffix or inflection to indicate smallness or endearment.
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比較言語学. Japanese as compared to the other languages of the world, from a linguistics perspective.
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For questions about the ways in which children learning Japanese (as a first language) speak differently from adults.
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常用漢字. A subset of (currently 2136) kanji approved by the Ministry of Education.
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Questions regarding verbs of giving and receiving such as あげる, もらう, くれる, also called donatory verbs
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五段活用. Verbs like のむ and あるく, which conjugate by changing their last kana, e.g. のまない, のみます, のむ, のめば, のもう.
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Questions concerning the ways in which Japanese and its writing system, like all languages, evolve over time naturally.
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Questions regarding the changes imposed on the Japanese language and/or writing system at various points in its history by the country's rulers, the most prominent being the one shortly after the conc…
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書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
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画数. The number of strokes in a kanji character.
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音象徴語. Japanese sound symbolism, i.e. the representation of sounds, states, or mannerisms using words such as どきどき or きらきら.
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付加疑問文. Essentially declarative statements that are made into questions by adding an interrogative expression or a special marker. In Japanese they are used very often, especially in order to look for …
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こそあど. Questions regarding the ko/so/a/do word series, such as この・その・あの・どの
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文章. The art of combining words and sentences into larger units.
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コロケーション. Words that appear together more often than chance would predict, sometimes with idiomatic meaning or usage.
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語用論. The branch of linguistics dealing with language in use and the contexts in which it is used.