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Jun
14
revised Why is the topic marker often used in negative statements (ではない, ~とは思わない)?
add negative-forms tag
Jun
14
revised Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
totally reworded as a naive questioner might ask, and focusing on the alphabetical order topic
Jun
14
comment What is the equivalent of “alphabetical order” in Japanese?
Is there a name for this order?
Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
@Dave: , @Tsuyoshi: I'm going to participate in the meta topic and rewrite the question in a more naive way asking directly about alphabetical order?
Jun
14
revised phonology wiki description
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14
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14
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Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
@Dave: Please feel free to suggest such improvements. @Tsuyoshi: Apologies for sounding argumentative but I'm partly playing devil's advocate, partly really do want to know the answer, and partly want to help define the site's boundaries. I think controversial topics are especially useful in a new site's early development.
Jun
14
revised Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
add "writing" tag
Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
Is it a requirement that language is the main topic? I feel this is a "practical problem of written Japanese" question and as such that though language may not be the main part that it is the key part, without which the problem cannot be solved.
Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
@Tsuyoshi Ito: Please feel free to provide an answer (in a comment) that illustrates how to find such a book without referring to Japanese language (-; Yes the Japanese bookstore in Australia was set up for Japanese exchange students and followed the usual Japanese practice in Japan.
Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
I'm not saying your view to close as off-topic is invalid, and the question will serve a purpose even if it just helps us define what is and is not on-topic, but I do have to disagree with your view that "culture" and "language" are mutually exclusive.
Jun
14
revised What is the equivalent of “alphabetical order” in Japanese?
add alphabetical-order tag
Jun
14
asked Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
Jun
14
revised What are the Japanese terms for “character dictionary”? “漢辞海”? “漢字典”?
add examples of what was written on the spines of two dictionaries (after much fumbling with kanji)
Jun
14
comment What are the Japanese terms for “character dictionary”? “漢辞海”? “漢字典”?
@Tsuyoshi Ito: Yes I'll be a character dictionary only in Japanese knowing that it will be of limited used to me but that's OK. Some of the books I saw had the character "字" in them - are those the wrong kind?
Jun
14
asked What are the Japanese terms for “character dictionary”? “漢辞海”? “漢字典”?
Jun
14
comment Is すごい slang or just informal?
For those who like me have trouble with the difference between "slang" and "informal" I've asked the question over on English.SE : english.stackexchange.com/questions/29720/…
Jun
13
comment How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
Don't apologize this is a great answer!
Jun
13
comment How important is one's pitch when speaking Japanese?
One of my pocket Japanese-English dictionaries I bought specifically because it does contain pitch accent information for every word, in its case using an acute accent, but I hear there are multiple systems and no one standard for indicating this. This book is The Practical Japanese-English Dictionary by Noah S. Brannen - ISBN 0-8348-0342-9