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comment What's the difference between 迷う and 紕う?
@Dave: (somewhat meta) shouldn't your comments be made to an answer. We should leave as few unanswered questions as possible, and this seems to me to be a real answer (紕う is just an older/uncommon reading). I've seen it with other questions here too, that sometime remain unanswered although they are really answered in the comments.
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comment Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?
@hippietrail: I mostly judge on what I know. The only agglutinative languages I know to a satisfying degree (to make some assumptions about them) are Japanese, Korean, Swahili and Quechua (and I know Japanese far better than the other three :)). It might make a my view a bit biased, but that would be true for just about anyone. Anyway, linguists usually tend to have many different opinions on the same subject, though when you inspect things closely, you'll often find the difference is not so huge.
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comment Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?
And more about case: one of the most confusing things here is that some generative linguists use "case" an entirely different (and separate) sense from "morphological case". I'm not strong on generative linguistics (frankly, it kinda bores the heck out of me :)), but from what I understand those cases really refer to the syntactical role of a noun phrase (NP in generative lingo) in the sentence. This is similar to what a morphological case usually does, but for the generative syntacticians they exist in every language - they are just marked differently.
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comment Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?
As for standard order - I more or less meant what you've meant as rigid order. But being "rigid" is really relative. You're definitely going to find different orders in different dialects, and you might find a few exceptions in any agglutinative languages (since, as I've said, there are no pure languages). I think these views are rather accepted, but Wikipedia is often bad at laying out these things.
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comment Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?
@hippietrail: It's often said about Hungarian, but Hungarian grammatical tradition was probably highly influenced by Latin. The fact is that adjectives in Hungarian don't agree by case, while Finnish adjectives do. The Hungarian adjectives may have done the same thing in the past (since both languages are part of the same Finno-Ugric family), but I don't know enough about these languages to tell.
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answered What does the “〜やしない” conjugation mean?
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comment Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?
@hippietrail: nouns in Japanese are not internally inflected, but they are agglutinated. -no, -mo, -de, -ni even the copula are all really just suffixes, and they form a single unit with the nouns they follow. The only difference between nouns and verbs is that nouns have just a single base to which all these suffixes attach, while verbs have several different bases (such as Mizenkei, Rentaikei, etc.)
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answered Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?
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comment How can I say “some X ” in Japanese?
please try to format your question properly. Shorthand speak and cap-less English is OK for comments, but the questions are better to be readable if you want people to answer them. It doesn't take a lot of effort to hit the shift key a few times, and you'll save the nice people here helping you a lot of eyeaches. :)
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answered Why the “H” is pronounced as “Sh” in some cases?
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