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Aug
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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
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accepted Are all kanji compounds considered words?
Aug
30
asked 相手の日本人 or 日本人の相手?
Aug
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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
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awarded  Suffrage
Aug
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awarded  Analytical
Aug
29
comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
@rdb: As a sample survey, six people is not much, and I won't try and claim it as definitive proof of anything. However, if, for example, sawa's answer was correct, then I should have encountered a consitent Japanese response. I did not, so my only contention is that the reality is far more nuanced than simply stating "In Japanese, when given a negative question, answer this way".
Aug
29
comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
@Pacerier: I can only test it out in Tokyo, so I can't be sure, but given that people in Tokyo come from all over Japan, I strongly suspect it's not a regional issue.
Aug
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answered The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
Aug
28
accepted Wait… えらい means also means “terrible”?
Aug
27
answered Ways to end a phone conversation
Aug
27
revised What's the difference between じき and すぐ?
Corrected spelling, typos, and grammar.
Aug
27
comment I can't stand 立つ【た・つ】: Do all its meanings derive from “stand”?
Just a side note: "Japan's Cultural Code Words" is written by De Mente, who also wrote "Women of the Orient", a bizarre screed about his fetish for Asian women, full of stereotypes, grandiose generalizations, and offensive assertions. It goes without saying that it is completely without citations or references. However, from the right ironic perspective, it is hysterically funny. As much as I enjoy it, though, I wouldn't give De Mente the slightest hint of credibility on any topic. amazon.com/Women-Orient-Boye-Lafayette-Mente/dp/0804818800
Aug
27
asked What's the difference between じき and すぐ?
Aug
27
comment I can't stand 立つ【た・つ】: Do all its meanings derive from “stand”?
@Pacerier: The dictionary I was looking at when writing this question was チャレンジ小学国語辞典, published by Benesse: benesse.co.jp/s/dictionary/koku . It's aimed at kids, so the definitions are in simple and easy to process Japanese. I like to just flip through it and see how words I know how to define in English are explained in Japanese, so as to exercise the way I conceptualize words in Japanese.
Aug
27
comment Wait… えらい means also means “terrible”?
@hippietrail: Okay, if you find it useful, then that's great. It doesn't do much for me, but we each have our own way of learning.