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Sep
4
comment Are foreign personal names usually written in katakana rather than Romaji?
Just anecdotes for consideration: I was recently involved in a law suit. On all legal documents pertaining to the court case, my name was written in romaji. I think however, this was because that was how my lawyer originally submitted my name. I believe that for a court of civil law, they don't impose a rule on how your name is presented, they just insist on consistency. On the other hand, I've started a few companies, and in each case, I was required to provide an official katakana spelling of my name, along with a registered seal using that name.
Sep
4
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
1
answered Using more than one の
Sep
1
asked Does ところ mean the exact same thing as こと in this sentence?
Sep
1
answered Where does the いかない in ~わけにはいかない come from?
Sep
1
accepted What's the difference between じき and すぐ?
Sep
1
accepted When women use わ at the end of a sentence, is it different from よ?
Sep
1
accepted 相手の日本人 or 日本人の相手?
Aug
31
revised I can't stand 立つ【た・つ】: Do all its meanings derive from “stand”?
Changed it to be what I think is a more approachable way of asking.
Aug
31
comment Are all kanji compounds considered words?
@Matt: I don't know what descriptivism is, but I won't hold it against you ;) . In any case, the updated answer is even better. Thanks for your time and effort!
Aug
31
comment Are all kanji compounds considered words?
@Matt: I think your very last statement that deviating from standard Japanese lands you right into psychadelic poetry goes off the mark. Languages, and the people that use them, invent new words and uses all the time, which is how languages evolve as a matter of course. Other than that, though, great answer! I will accept that any kanji compound is a word. However, I still think Japanese is more flexible about creating words because individual kanji have meanings that are known and can be deciphered.
Aug
31
accepted Are all kanji compounds considered words?
Aug
30
asked 相手の日本人 or 日本人の相手?
Aug
30
awarded  Civic Duty
Aug
30
comment Why did の disappear from 山手, but in 御茶ノ水 it's in katakana?
@Zhen Lin: Ultimately there is probably no real reason for why these spellings exist, but a bit of explanation about how the official orthography for Japanese used to be katakana and that kind of thing could stand as an answer, as it does educate on the general principle of how these spellings came to be. Also, I don't think I've seen 御茶ノ水 or 山手 spelled with 之 or 乃. Examples of when that happened would also make for a great answer.
Aug
29
awarded  Vox Populi
Aug
29
asked Why did の disappear from 山手, but in 御茶ノ水 it's in katakana?
Aug
29
awarded  Suffrage
Aug
29
awarded  Analytical