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May
14
comment Which words can be pronounced as either -aai or -awai?
Yeah. That's what I meant.
May
14
comment Which words can be pronounced as either -aai or -awai?
Did the pronunciation of 河合 not come from 川{かわ} + 合{あ}い -> かわあい -> かわい?
May
10
awarded  Excavator
May
10
revised Historical differences between colors that are i-adjectives and those that are simply nouns
a*w*o is old, change other romaji wrt OJ/rkstkkndki
May
8
comment Apparent reversals of conjugation patterns in classical 形容詞 and 動詞, origin?
However, would it not be permissible to consider -k the ending for the stem of many adjective forms? Many adjective forms have -k- in them. In this case the vowel after it is comparable to the yodan vowel suffixes.
May
6
comment How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?
Distinguishing "spa" from "sba" requires distinguishing [p˭] and [b], which most Chinese people cannot.
May
6
comment How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?
On the other hand, /t/ and /d/ are distinct in Japanese, but /t/ and /tʰ/ (pinyin t and d) are not distinct, while they are distinct in Chinese. So わだし and わたし sound obviously distinct for Japanese speakers, while "哇大西" /watasi/ and "哇他西" /watʰasi/ are not distinct and are both わたし.
May
6
comment How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?
Chinese treats Japanese medial /t/ and /d/ and /p/ and /b/ as the same sound. That is, say, "哇大西" is either /watasji/ or /wadasji/ depending on speed/speaker/etc: Chinese doesn't care. (FYI Pinyin "t" is actually /tʰ/)
May
6
comment How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?
This is actually not a problem for English, since English strongly aspirates stops (/p/ sounds like /ph/, and /p/ and /b/ vs /ph/ is the distinction in Chinese), except after /s/. OP, if you think you speak English well, try distinguishing "spa" from "sba" (though sba isn't a word); if you can do that you have no problem with Japanese.
May
6
comment How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?
This answer is correct. As a Chinese speaker, I find it rather difficult to distinguish unaspirated /p/ with /b/, since they are in free variation in Chinese. That is, /p/ and /b/ are treated in the brain as the same sound, so when it gets to the brain's "understanding" phase they are already the same.
May
6
asked Apparent reversals of conjugation patterns in classical 形容詞 and 動詞, origin?
May
6
answered Why 罪人=犯罪者のこと、not just 犯罪者?
May
6
accepted Why is an anachronistic modern conjugation thrown into the lyrics of 軍艦行進曲?
May
5
comment Is there a “right” or “best” way to write this Okinawan expression for “cheers”?
Kanji and hiragana, written unphonetically according to Old Japanese roots/cognates, was in fact the official writing system for most of the Ryukyu Kingdom's duration. So calligraphy in Okinawan is generally in kanji and hiragana.
May
5
asked Why is an anachronistic modern conjugation thrown into the lyrics of 軍艦行進曲?
Apr
29
awarded  Revival
Apr
8
comment In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
Lol, the inverted smiley is rather hard to read (fyi the "standard" version is :-)). I at first thought it was a disfigured sadface at first XD. (*^_^*) is way better
Apr
6
comment In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
Of course I meant sound change from some common ancestor. This common ancestor is much closer to the Japanese branch, and thus is usually approximated as Old/Middle Japanese. Really, Middle Japanese is okay, since we see no remnant of 上代特殊仮名遣い and all sound correspondences from Early Middle Japanese are perfectly regular. So ぬ does come from an ancestral の-like sound. (Case in point: Japanese retains the big picture of the proto-Japonic verb system. Okinawan does something weird with forming everything as a compound with をる)
Apr
5
answered In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
Feb
28
accepted Differences between なし and あらず?