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東京にいるソフトウェア開発者です。 最近は主にC#関連の開発をやっているが、C/C++もJavaにも経験があります。

一応日本語も英語も出来ますが、英語は中々使えなくて毎年少しずつ忘れている気がします。

日本語の歴史的変遷や語源に興味津々で大学で勉強してきました。 特に奈良と平安時代の上古~中古日本語が詳しい。 残念乍ら、その研究で中々生活が出来ず、代わりにソフトウェア開発をやっています。

他に韓国語にも興味はありますが、得意とはまだ言えません。

A software developer.

I am fluent in English and Japanese.

In my free time, I enjoy reading. I have a background in historical Japanese linguistics.


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comment What kind of Japanese is this?
@Kaji Two such letters pre-dating 762 were discovered in Shōsōin. They are known as 正倉院万葉仮名文書 (monjo) and are written entirely in man'yōgana. You can find a copy of them in 寧楽遺文 (Nara Ibun).
Apr
15
comment What do we know about the phonetic distinctions between the 甲類 and 乙類 syllables in 上代特殊仮名遣い?
That Wikipedia article is just screaming for a rewrite. This was one of the hottest issues in historical Japanese linguistics during the 20th century. Much research has been done and much is known (in as much as anything is ever known in dead languages). If anything, it is the non-linguistic camps (国学 and 国文学) that still claim things are unclear. The topic is too broad to cover here. I suggest that you read the standard references first and then come back with additional questions. See 1) Miyake (2003) and 2) Frellesvig (2011). For bonus, see Lange (1973).
Mar
21
comment Are there native Japanese numbers greater than 10? What use are they?
Reference: "A Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of Western Old Japanese" (Part 1), pages 365-377. ISBN 1-901903-14-1.
Mar
21
comment how to say a kanji is ON-yomi ONLY
[Continued] If you are familiar with kanji, you may recognize this reading / sense as appropriate for 勾, for which both 句 and 勾 ultimately derive from the same character. I keep running out of space, so I'll leave todomar-u as an exercise for you.
Mar
21
comment how to say a kanji is ON-yomi ONLY
In what sense are you suggesting that 句 does not have a kun'yomi? If you are referring to prescriptive government (and hence school) charts, then yes. However, descriptively, it is easy enough to find kun'yomi in actual texts. For 句, it can be read as a verb magar-u or todomar-u. For magar-u, look in the 1386 text 法華経音訓, page 73 column 5 where you will find 句 glossed with the reading マカル. Historically voicing was often not indicated. In modern spelling, this would be 曲がる. (Out of space, so to be continued.)
Mar
13
comment What old Japanese texts can be used in the same fashion as the latin “Lorem Ipsum”?
You may want to consider the famous opening to 平家物語, which most Japanese are forced to memorize in grade school. It is: 祇園精舎の鐘の声、諸行無常の響きあり。沙羅双樹の花の色、盛者必衰の理をあらはす。おごれる人も久しからず。ただ春の夜の夢のごとし。たけき者も遂にはほろびぬ、ひとへ‌​に風の前の塵に同じ。
Mar
2
comment The 阝-radical (or 部首?) in 部 and 陪
@Earthliŋ You can evaluate radical font resources at alanwood.net/unicode/kangxi_radicals.html and alanwood.net/unicode/cjk_radicals_supplement.html .
May
22
comment Legal characters for first names include: hiragana, katakana, jinmeiyo and joyo kanji. What about latin letters?
Do you have a question about the Japanese language? This appears to be a question about legality (supposedly Japan), which should be posed to a lawyer.
May
21
comment 逃げる vs 逃す What's the nuance?
@user1205935 It 逃げた. Or someone (itを) 逃した.
May
16
comment Encountered な with ten-ten
ナ行の音は鼻音で既に有声です。つまり、声帯の振動を伴った音なので、濁点をつけても更に濁らせたりする事は不可能です。
May
14
comment Question about subject
迂闊 is うかつ, not a living thing.
May
14
comment Use of はじめて and どれだっけ?
I would just like to point out that this ke is a remnant of classical 助動詞 -ker-i, expressing hearsay-recollectional past. ke < ker-i < ki + ar-i.
May
6
comment Which romanization system should I use in my word game?
Note that road signs are typically not in Hepburn since the long vowels are missing. Train stations are rather mixed: some properly mark the long vowels while others do not.
May
6
comment Which romanization system should I use in my word game?
@Chocolate Hepburn!? Surely you are joking. Kunrei is what most native Japanese speakers are most familiar with. When typing, most people type tu, si, hu, tyo, syo etc, none of which are Hepburn. Hepburn is most familiar for non-Japanese speakers.
Apr
18
comment How many Kanji characters are there?
There are 75,963 kanji currently encoded in Unicode available today, and another roughly 5,000 scheduled for the next Extension F update. And there will be more after that.
Apr
12
comment Why does どれだけ seem to mean the opposite of どれ + だけ?
@rikijin Yes. Also, notice that 好きだ becomes 連体形 好きな which だけ attaches to. This is a result of derivation from a nominal take. You would expect 連体形 before any attaching nominal, such as in 好きな人, 好きな食べ物 etc.
Apr
12
comment Is there some way that a Japanese (sur)name must be written for it to make sense?
"山田 -- the most common surname" This is the 12th most common name. For the record, #1-3 are 佐藤, 鈴木, and 高橋.
Apr
12
comment Is there some way that a Japanese (sur)name must be written for it to make sense?
From 戸籍法, a Japanese name is recorded on their 戸籍. The 戸籍 does not record how the name is to be read. (This is typically done on a 住民票. This reading may be changed at will.) A foreigner (one without Japanese citizenship) does not have a 戸籍. Until 2012, foreigners also did not have 住民票, either. A foreigner may apply for 通称名 which may be in kanji. If desired, a bank account may be opened using just the 通称名.
Apr
10
comment What is the わ in 忌まわしい and 嘆かわしい?
The details on ふ are correct, but rather beside the point. Consider 叩く vs. 戦う. The later is simply tatak-a-fu > tatak-a-[w]u, via the same ふ. Similarly, 嘆く and 忌む are beside the point. It is verb 忌まう (formally 忌まふ) and 嘆かう (formally 嘆かふ) which correspond to adjective 忌まわしい (formally 忌まはし) and 嘆かわしい (formally 嘆かはし).
Apr
8
comment Can Japanese names be anything?
I have nothing to correct in your answer.