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Nov
7
comment Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing “L”?
Sorry, but I fail to see how the fact that you can get speakers to pronounce [l] by forcing them to speak slowly proves that [l] is an allophone of /r/. In order to prove that they are allophones, you would need to show that the two sounds are in complementary distribution, which is not the case. /r/ is always pronounced as a flap in normal spoken satndard Japanese.
Nov
7
comment Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing “L”?
@alexandrec, there might be spakers who pronounce r in ringo as an [l], but I would definitely consider that a small minority. The Japanese /r/ is usually a postaveolar flap, whereas [l] would be an alveolar lateral. You are right that tongue placement is similar for the consonants you list, since they're all alveolar. I just prefer to use [n] as comparison, since both [n] and [l] are sonorants.
Nov
6
comment Trouble understanding this apology: 我々が…謝罪
What's wrong with 我々, の and 謝罪?
Nov
6
comment Trouble understanding “また何処かで会えると 素敵ですね”
Notice that in "it would be great", the subject is also implied :)
Nov
6
comment When should I replace kanji with hiragana?
"could in principle also be read かいさん" could be misleading, since 海山{かいざん} seems to be an existing word (I admit I didn't know till I looked it up).
Nov
6
comment Questions about this sentence
I don't agree with the "almost as if it was all setup -- fabricated" part. Where do you get this from?
Nov
6
answered Questions about this sentence
Nov
6
answered Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing “L”?
Nov
2
answered What's the word or phrase used specifically to describe someone who is only concerned with physical appearence of others?
Oct
30
comment Using で instead of に with いる
Yes, that is pretty much my suspicion as well. Kind of similar to the phenomenon of "One of my friends think ..." in English.
Oct
29
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Oct
27
revised Can someone explain the logic of the grammar “とは限らない”
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Oct
27
answered Can someone explain the logic of the grammar “とは限らない”
Oct
27
comment Why is も used instead of が in the sentence 「日本ではクモを見ると良いことがあると言う人もいますよ」
But actually, I realize I was wrong too, since having the は under the quotation would mean "There are also/even people who say that [seeing a spider is a good thing in Japan]." which is slightly different from yadokari's translation.
Oct
27
comment Why is も used instead of が in the sentence 「日本ではクモを見ると良いことがあると言う人もいますよ」
Yes @By137, I mean "as opposed to other places". We're not disagreeing about what the sentence is likely to mean. I just didn't want yadokari to think that having は under the quotation is not grammatically valid.
Oct
27
comment Using で instead of に with いる
I guess that's grammatically possible, but it's unlikely that's the intent of the sentence. Why would people think the luck of seeing a spider depend on where you see it?
Oct
26
accepted ~たい forms of double-subject sentences
Oct
26
accepted Confusion between causatives and intransitive-transitive
Oct
26
accepted When does a suru-noun require し in front of a purposive-に?
Oct
26
accepted “y”-sound insertion after intervocalic ん