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comment What does the name Chacha (チャチャ) mean?
Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but it doesn't really look like a Japanese name. Is it the name of a fictional character?
10h
comment “Mu” 無in Japan culture
A question along these lines would be great on the proposed Japanese Culture Q&A site.
10h
comment Are ~つ and ~り the only two counters that can occur with the native Japanese numbers (ひと~, ふた~, etc)?
If I understand correctly, "counters" are suffixes that combine with numerals to form words, and in some cases (including -つ, -り, and -か) those words are now in the lexicon and can't be derived synchronically through productive processes, so you'll have to memorize what they are and in which cases they're used suppletively.
15h
comment On the two words, several pronunciations, and many spellings for “sake cup”
"iK word containing irregular kanji usage"
17h
revised Can't understand the 指すもの for それ
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1d
comment On the two words, several pronunciations, and many spellings for “sake cup”
ず and づ have merged in most dialects. They used to be distinguished, though.
2d
comment Clarification on a Translation
Original question: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/13722/…
2d
comment Variations on sentence-ending 「〜だと!?」 (used when repeating something in surprise)
@GreekFellows If you leave that as an answer, short though it may be, I'll accept it :-)
2d
revised How can I come to terms with the animate/inanimate distinction in Japanese?
Some proofreading/formatting
2d
revised How should we read/translate long sentences that end in a question?
Fix bold markup
Apr
21
comment How can I come to terms with the animate/inanimate distinction in Japanese?
This is a really great question, by the way, and although I don't know enough about it to write an answer, I'm doing some research and coming across all sorts of interesting things. One paper says that when both から and を would normally be possible to mark a location, if the subject is inanimate you need to use から, not を. Also, take a look at examples (6)-(8) in this paper: online.sfsu.edu/icplj/conference/…
Apr
21
comment What is the は doing in this sentence?
I'm not used to this definition of topicalization which includes non-fronted constituents. (I usually assume that if a は-marked constituent isn't fronted or is in a subordinate clause that it's not a topic.) Who uses this definition, out of curiosity?
Apr
21
revised “どうしようもない” or “どうしよう__の__もない”, or neither?
Fix bold markup
Apr
21
comment What is the は doing in this sentence?
We have some existing discussion on this topic under various names. If you look up "dative subjects" or "dative constructions" or such you might be able to find it.
Apr
21
comment 硬い・堅い・固い - how are different spellings used?
I don't understand why this question has two downvotes. Would anyone care to explain?
Apr
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
20
comment On the legibility of Japanese writing (compared to the Latin alphabet with its variable letter height) – What's the correct kana height?
@virmaior We have a related question which touches on that subject.
Apr
20
asked Variations on sentence-ending 「〜だと!?」 (used when repeating something in surprise)
Apr
19
answered Kanji radicals: Question to the radical assignment in dictionaries
Apr
18
revised does it make sense to talk about サ変名詞{さへんめいし} as 他動詞{たどうし} or 自動詞{じどうし}?
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