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音楽. Language usage in the context of music. For questions about song lyrics, please use the tag "song-lyric".
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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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万葉仮名. An old system of writing that uses kanji purely for their phonetic values. Both katakana and hiragana are derived from man'y­ōgana.
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しゃれ・ダジャレ. For questions about jokes, puns, plays on words, etc.
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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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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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Questions asking for audio to be transcribed.
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書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
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極性項目. Words that appear exclusively in affirmative or negative (or interrogative) environments. For example, the adverbial particle しか only appears in negative contexts. Some words have an associatio…
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所有. Possessive constructions with ある 'be/exist', いる 'be/exist', する 'do', and the lexical verbs 持つ 'hold/have' and 所有する 'possess'. These are sometimes divided by linguists into alienable and inalienab…
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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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助詞「わ」. An emotive sentence-final particle often associated with Kansai speech in both male and female speech, or with rising intonation in female speech in fiction (an example of 役割語 'role language').
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まで. An adverbial particle indicating 'to; till; as far as', or by extension indicating emphasis ('even').
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助詞「ばかり」. Particle often translated to "just", as in "I just ate".
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Cultural or emotional association beyond a word's or phrase's literal meaning.
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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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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 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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言語変化. Questions concerning the ways in which Japanese and its writing system, like all languages, evolve over time naturally.
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常用漢字. A subset of (currently 2136) kanji approved by the Ministry of Education.
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指小辞. A word suffix or inflection to indicate smallness or endearment.
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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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比較言語学. Japanese as compared to the other languages of the world, from a linguistics perspective.
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画数. The number of strokes in a kanji character.
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