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Apr
26
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
@Jesse Good point.
Apr
26
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
@Andrew Grimm Wow, thanks for those resources. I'll take a look.
Apr
26
asked Why is 「この人」 sometimes pronounced like 「このしと」?
Apr
26
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
@Jesse See my comment to one of the answers below. I understand exactly where you're coming from, but I sort of tried to explain my rationale about why I think it could make sense in this case.
Apr
26
revised Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
Softened implication that katakana is entirely English-centric
Apr
25
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Apr
25
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
Hm, good question. I guess because I always thought it was "cool" how Japanese pop culture would take our words and use them all over the place, especially in video games, anime, etc. Cliché, I know, but it's the truth. Plus I love the way the syllabary looks. :)
Apr
25
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
I definitely had in mind your last point that languages often assimilate borrowed words into their own "format", but I figure—and I'm no linguist—that Japanese is a largely phonetic language, whereas English isn't. So I could see the argument made that how we pronounce loan words is expected to be different. In my opinion, I feel like loan words in a phonetic-based language should just match as closely to the original word's pronunciation as possible, given the native syllabary. My $0.02, anyway. :)
Apr
25
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
Very interesting! Yes, I do realize that not all of them are of English origin. I guess I should check on that before making judgments. :)
Apr
25
asked Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
Apr
25
accepted Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Apr
25
comment Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Yeah, good point. I see what you mean.
Apr
25
accepted Why does furigana occasionally appear as katakana?
Apr
25
asked Why does furigana occasionally appear as katakana?
Apr
25
comment Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Yeah, I was more asking about all non-kana characters in general, whether for general use or extremely archaic. :)
Apr
25
asked What does なのね at the end of a sentence mean?
Apr
25
asked Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Apr
25
accepted What is that expression used to generally mean “…is what I would say, but…”?
Apr
25
comment What is that expression used to generally mean “…is what I would say, but…”?
Maybe this is what I was thinking of. Is there another way to say this? Maybe I've heard a different form of it. Either way, it fits exactly with that I was looking for.
Apr
23
comment What is that expression used to generally mean “…is what I would say, but…”?
Thanks for the comments. Sorry if the question was poorly worded or too contrived to be useful. I'm not a Stack Exchange newbie, but I am still relatively young in my Japanese education. Let me try to find an audio clip with an example of what I'm thinking about.