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Jun
5
comment Why does 「でならない」 not mean “does not become”?
@DaveMG Sure, I agree with that 100%. I'd like to come back to this question and write an answer later, even. But I'm not up to it right now, so I thought I'd leave a couple pointers to try and help.
Jun
4
comment Why does 「でならない」 not mean “does not become”?
ならない is idiomatic, so in most dictionaries it has its own entry, explaining how it's different from なる. I also found 〜てならない in A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar, pp.605-8.
Jun
3
comment Use of が vs を with transitive verb, 受け入れる(+もらえる)
@EiríkrÚtlendi There are a number of reasons not to consider these constituents subjects, and to consider them objects instead. See The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, p.142-146 for five arguments, along with an argument that they are not passive.
Jun
3
comment Development of なんか?
Could you give an example or two so we can make sure which なんか you're talking about?
Jun
1
comment Is there a reason why numbers in Japanese are delimited into blocks of four?
But you do need, at a minimum, to be able to understand spoken numbers.
May
31
comment Development of なんか?
Compare など and なんて.
May
29
comment Is 「出なくては。」 the same as 「出なくてはいけない。」?
japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/13812/…
May
28
comment “the cows were happy and friendly”: is “親しい” the right word?
Also with the /k/ geminated: 人なつっこい
May
28
comment ものには… in 「ものには順序というものがある」 Some hidden word or phrase?
One of my dictionaries paraphrases it 「どんなものにも正しい順序がある」 There is a proper order for everything.
May
27
comment 五年ぶり、ぶり返す、。。。What does ぶり mean?
My guess is you probably first encountered 〜ぶり in お久しぶりですね!
May
27
comment Use of です or あります in the sentence それは椅子
I think it would be better if the が question were answered in a separate question so people could upvote/downvote etc.
May
26
comment Difference between 間【あいだ】 and 間【ま】
No, the rules aren't that clear. 間{かん} is a word, and 間{ま} appears in compounds such as 間近・隙間・間違い・間際・居間・手間・間口・谷間・マヌケ and in the lexicalized adverbs 間もなく and いつの間に.
May
25
comment 夏目漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
@Tim For question 8, I didn't really think it was about い, but really just a question of whether you should include の. I'm not sure I can say か or かい alone is actually wrong, but I think using の would be more common / more natural there (whether you add a following か or not).
May
23
comment In technical usage, is there any difference between 間投詞 and 感動詞?
There are other examples, e.g. 並立助詞 and 並列助詞.
May
22
comment 字幕:一ヶ月前⇒発音:いっかすまえ?
@Val Another common piece of software used for spectrograms is Praat.
May
22
comment Why does 背く sound like そむふ in this sentence?
The last vowel in /somuꜜku/ is a high vowel following a downstep, so I think it could it be devoiced, like [somɯkʰ]. But the sound clip is pretty fast, and I'm not sure I can transcribe how it's pronounced accurately. (I can't figure out how to download the file to slow it down or analyze it.)
May
22
comment 字幕:一ヶ月前⇒発音:いっかすまえ?
@dainichi Oh, sorry, I missed the question before, but it looks like the OP has uploaded a clip now, so you can listen and maybe provide an alternative answer if you'd like :-)
May
22
comment Why are 来る and する irregular?
@YangMuye I think Japanese has 15 or so: する and くる of course, ある without the expected *あらない, くれる without the expected *くれろ, 行く without the expected 行った, 乞う and 問う without the expected *乞った and *問った, then ござる・くださる・なさる・いらっしゃる・おっしゃる, and 言う with ゆう, and then depending on whether you count verb pairs like 愛す・愛する which appear in alternation (愛する but 愛さない) you can add a few more to the list . . . 〜うる is a little funny too with its leftover うる but no *うない, though counting auxiliaries is probably cheating.
May
21
comment Why are 来る and する irregular?
Cross-linguistically, irregular verbs are usually among the more common verbs in a language. (Consider the most irregular verb in English, be!) The less common a verb is, the more likely any irregularities will get smoothed out over time.
May
19
comment Perceiving Initial r in names likes 隆介(りゅうすけ) and 綾(りょう)
Well, the link wasn't meant to imply that you'd be hearing an L sound. Rather, that in initial position you're hearing a non-tap allophone whose characteristics differ from the usual intervocalic /r/.