Justin Olbrantz

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awarded  Scholar
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accepted Historical Precursor to な?
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asked Historical Precursor to な?
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answered Pluralization in Japanese: usage of -たち and -ら
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awarded  Revival
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comment In what way is the negative form of a verb an adjective?
It's worth noting that some languages do not have a clear lexical separation between verb, adjective, and/or noun, and the meaning of a word depends on where it appears, rather than its lexical class. I'd wager Japanese initially had only nouns and verbs: nouns acted like adjectives through agglutination, and like verbs through zero-copula constructions; later, suffixes were added to the nouns to produce an adjective word class with explicit morphology for the three cases.
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comment In what way is the negative form of a verb an adjective?
Since I can't seem to figure out how to commend on anything but my answer... dainichi: "Aren't all Japanese adjectives verbs anyway?" Yes and no. Linguistically they are verbs, but they are a distinct word class in Japanese. You can prove that by the fact that adjectives can only be inflected in a small subset of the ways verbs can - obvious example: adjectives cannot take -ます (and many other things). Historically, they appear to have originally been nouns, with suffixes (-し, -き/-い, -く) added to make them act like verbs.
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answered In what way is the negative form of a verb an adjective?
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comment Analyzing sentences like 日本がピンチだ and 明日は雨だ
In あなたが好きです, です stands for で+あります or some such. As a whole, it would most literally mean "You exist with love/liking/fondness". "with" is the closest literal translation of で in this particular case. Note that in all cases I'm ignoring the nuances of が, as that's a completely different topic.
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answered Analyzing sentences like 日本がピンチだ and 明日は雨だ
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answered Interpreting a specific Japanese sentence