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Jan
31
comment Maths sentences: 足す and 掛ける
If we have to overlay English parts of speech on 1 + 2 = 3, why not call + a coordinator? But really, it seems like we're just pronouncing the symbols as English words, and + is really an infix operator, not a preposition.
Jan
30
comment Formal linguistic term for a “prepositional object”?
Talking about the object (or complement) of a preposition is fairly common in English grammar.
Jan
30
comment Formal linguistic term for a “prepositional object”?
@EiríkrÚtlendi In use, but rare.
Jan
26
comment What does モンロス mean?
What sentence did you find this word in?
Jan
22
comment The component 曷 and the kanjis 褐, 喝, 謁, 渇
meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/a/1502/1478
Jan
21
comment θ波はどういう意味ですか?~What does θ波 mean?
Also written シータ[波]{は}.
Jan
20
comment When to use these plain Te-Forms?
A "te-form" is a form ending in 〜て. It isn't a general term for asking/telling people what to do.
Jan
19
comment Is 動詞修飾副詞 a grammatical term?
@Leila It'd be great if you could include a little more information in your questions. What linguistics paper? What is the context of this sentence? It might be possible to answer this question without knowing these things, but including some context will make your questions easier to follow and answer.
Jan
18
comment Is 動詞修飾副詞 a grammatical term?
@Blavius It's one of the things adverbs do, but the core idea behind the traditional adverb category is 'modifier of other than noun', not 'modifier of verb'. In Japanese school grammar, adverbs are non-inflecting words that cannot be subjects and mainly modify inflecting words. See this chart.
Jan
18
comment して行{い}かない versus しないで行{い}く
I always thought it was て[形]{けい}.
Jan
16
comment Octopus kanji: 章魚 vs 蛸 vs 鮹
There's also a parsed version of BCCWJ available, and although parsers like this aren't perfect, we can look at the numbers they give: 676 タコ, 129 , 32 ダコ, 10 章魚, and 2 (If you haven't accepted the agreement, you may need to click the link again after doing so; go to the 基本 tab and click 書字形 to see the numbers for yourself.)
Jan
12
comment What does ♢ mean on an assignment?
Right, it's related, not a duplicate.
Jan
12
comment What does ♢ mean on an assignment?
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/19015/1478
Jan
7
comment What's the reading for 今朝 in this sentence?
I noticed that some smaller dictionaries (明鏡国語辞典 and 岩波国語辞典) don't even have entries for [今朝]{こんちょう}, and in one medium-sized dictionary (集英社国語辞典), it's marked as 文章語. (And my computer's input method won't even convert こんちょう to 今朝!)
Jan
6
comment What conjugation of 願う is 願わくば, and what does it mean here?
References: A History of the Japanese Language (Frellesvig), p.113 and A Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of Western Old Japanese (Vovin), p.763 (and 473).
Jan
6
comment What conjugation of 願う is 願わくば, and what does it mean here?
@chesnutcase *aku 'thing, place' is thought to have been a formal noun used as a nominalizer, though it's not independently attested. It combined with the 連体形 of various forms (not the 未然形 as older theories have it), regularly deleting the first of the two vowels at the junction, and morphologized into a nominal ending -aku. But this nominal ending disappeared from the language, and now it only exists in a few lexicalized forms like naruto explains below. You'll have to learn each one independently.
Jan
6
comment 昨週 - when is it used? (compared with 先週)
In this particular case, the corpora I checked all give similar ratios, so the Google counts seem reasonable.
Jan
5
comment Transitioning to Japanese kanji from Chinese
Questions about learning methods are off-topic because they're not about the Japanese language itself. See: We don't do "how do I study X?" questions.
Jan
5
comment Different nuances in meaning for なら sentences
@Faolan Sorry, I removed your link to page 284 of A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar because the link violated the terms of service. See this discussion on Meta Stack Exchange. Espen Nielsen, please note that Faolan left a comment linking to page 284 specifically.
Jan
4
comment Dictionary with high low pitch intonation reading?
I've gone ahead and added an answer to our meta post on resources: Resources for pitch accent ← Please, everyone, feel free to add resources or work on the descriptions I've written :-)