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"Ack! Bar?" -Allahu

吾輩は猫である。名前はまだ無い。


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comment “Mari” or “wari” ? Is this a consonant sound that changes with inflection?
@EricDong I agree but the problem is: what is "it"? how do you know, from what little is given, that "it" is わかります? if there is a verb まかります then you have to consider that. I think you're right that the phones [m] and [ɰ] may sound similar phonetically (maybe similar formants or by some other spectral decomposition) but they are dissimilar phonologically, so it seems unlikely that there was a speech error (but i don't know a lot about speech errors). personally, I think its わかります and the playback or recording quality is bad and this poster hasn't become sensitive to the difference yet.
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comment Can the term メリークリスマス be seen as politically incorrect?
Agreed. If it's a katakana word, you can be pretty sure that Japanese people have only a tenuous conception of the phrase's political overhead as it is in the States. It's entrenched Gairaigo, I don't live in Japan, but I'm guessing its usage, even in the media, is almost entirely devoid of sincere religious pretext. Although I don't think religious demography in Japan explains why it may or may not be politically correct.
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comment Rules for emphasizing by lengthening sounds
@TsuyoshiIto Going with my textbooks it can't be a lengthening of [ŋ]. It just seems that way. [ŋ] is an allophone first of all, which means it's a fully specified segment. It doesn't make sense to lengthen an allophone, but I don't think I know enough phonology to explain exactly why other than that's just not the defined role of allophones. I'll try to do a Q on this すんごい specifically and try to work out the details if I can.
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comment Rules for emphasizing by lengthening sounds
There are rules, but they aren't all characterized strictly as lengthening. For example すごい->すんごい isn't a lengthening of any phone. If the medial /g/ is lengthened retrogressively than it results in gemination /Q/ not an epenthetical mora nasal /N/ which is the case here. The only dominant commonality in your examples is that the words are prosodically longer. So I'm guessing that's what you meant by lengthening; prosodic lengthening via epenthesis to the the moraic skeleton?
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comment i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
I get your point that there might not be a systematic or etymological pattern interesting or significant enough to merit a full-time inquiry, but I wouldn't say that it is just "a mess". You could be dismissing something big and important by proscribing it as just something arbitrary. If it is arbitrary, that doesn't necessarily mean it is inane, and it still might be worthwhile to approach it critically, even if just as an exercise. But I do get what you say so, ノートしました。
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reviewed Leave Open Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
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reviewed Leave Open How to say “running total”?
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comment Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
Those aren't really good examples of "grammatical errors". "You're"/"your" is just spelling and most of the time its not even a legitimate mistake. Also mistakes in text/print are usually not mistakes of language but mistakes of typing or editing and whatnot. I would also take special heed to oldergod's comment on the distinction between "semi-tolerated emergent conventions" and a true linguistic error. The latter are by far much more interesting, especially when the culprit is perverse enough to violate a linguistic universal, and not just a language particular.
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comment Which forms of a verb do I need to memorize to distinguish ichidan from godan?
I had to read your Q several times to understand it. It's a good question but you might want to consider taking a moment to reword it so that its a bit more clear as to what's being asked. And if you're asking 2 Q's then you should clearly delineate each one.