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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)
Feb
15
comment Grammar of (verb)し(noun) such as in 選ばれし者
It is a recollective past, basically a kind of past tense.
Feb
8
comment The “right” way to write Japanese lyrics
Also, it is very wrong to say that you can ignore Japanese pitch accent when writing lyrics. You don't want to, say, end a huge crescendo with ですーーーー unless you want some comical effect.
Feb
1
comment Historical Precursor to な?
I suppose it would be 堂々たり predicatively? Is たる a 四段 or ラ変 suffix?
Feb
1
comment Historical Precursor to な?
I think that なる is used.
Jan
29
comment What's the relationship between 'e' and 'wa' in some words?
@Sjiveru Why does -us appear on -every- non-compound use of a first-declension Latin noun? The -i could well have been a "null affix".
Jan
29
comment Japanese 濁音 dyslexia
@snailplane That wasn't my point. To be honest my raw mental image of, say, かばん is "かはん /kaban/". I actually need to remind myself often to put the dakuon in; all of my mistakes on my JAPAN 201R test involved missing dakuon!
Jan
28
comment Japanese 濁音 dyslexia
Maybe it's just because the little dakuten is hard to see? Japanese actually used to be written with all ゛ and ゜ omitted and it's surprisingly readable - my brain seems to remember the general shape of words without those diacritics.
Jan
18
comment Can two consecutive の particles be used in the following way?
Can you say この本は花子のんだ though?
Jan
6
comment Siri's pronunciation of ふ
I would say that ち naturally comes out as [tçi] though; i.e. t+ひ. Very close to the actual pronunciation anyways.
Jan
6
comment Siri's pronunciation of ふ
This is actually quite correct. Also, try to pronounce [si] with the very sharp Japanese /i/ and you get [ɕi] naturally. Even the weird [tsɯ] for /tɯ/ is reasonable; try pronouncing [tɯ] with the correct Japanese /ɯ/ and your tongue naturally articulates a very weak [s] sound as you release the [t]!
Jan
6
comment Siri's pronunciation of ふ
Our (very old) Japanese teacher is from 四国 and she pronounces ふ as [hɯ] quite clearly.
Jan
6
comment Twenty-two points of attack
I recommend translate.weblio.jp if you really want machine translation. It really understands the English sentence and outputs always correct (although sometimes it misunderstands the english) Japanese! WAAAAY better than Google Translate. It translates it into "攻撃の22ポイント" (kougeki-no nijūni pointo) which is quite correct although perhaps unidiomatic.
Jan
6
comment How to differentiate ~られる conjugation between passive form and potential form?
There is a way to contrast it if you are speaking with a casual Tokyo-dialect person! In casual speech, there is a form 食べれる that unambiguously means the potential, and never means the passive, which is always 食べられる. It such a shame it didn't make it into 標準語...
Jan
6
comment Twenty-two points of attack
I am amazed on how much effort you put into translating an abstract concept into a language you do not know!
Jan
6
comment Twenty-two points of attack
No offense, but translating word-for-word almost never works, especially translating a head-initial, verbose, analytic languages like English to a head-final, pro-drop, agglutinative languages like Japanese!
Jan
5
comment Accent changes in conjugation
Lol............
Jan
5
comment Accent changes in conjugation
@ZhenLin Many accent dictionaries seem to use HH..LL notation, probably as a compromise between the phonetic LHH...LL and phonemic downstep notation. So the transition point is the downstep.
Jan
5
comment Accent changes in conjugation
It was an edit by snailplane that did that. I used the downstep notation, which I much prefer for the Tokyo dialect (HL notation probably works better for Kansai etc) すごく is pronounce HHL in the middle of phrases and LHL in isolation.