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comment Did the Japanese have a word for surrender before WWII?
@istrasci: I'm no longer sure whether you are being serious.
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comment What are the pronunciation differences between speaking and singing Japanese?
I really don't think there are such "rules" so that we can answer this. For example, listen to this: youtube.com/watch?v=557LCPYdqvA Every "devoiced vowel" in the song, from start to finish, is voiced. As hi ta e isoge / Nokos hi ta mono wa / Mit su kete kureru. It just depends on the singer and style.
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revised What are the pronunciation differences between speaking and singing Japanese?
I would suggest a shorter title for this question.
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comment Did the Japanese have a word for surrender before WWII?
@istraci: if they did not have a word for surrender, how would they possibly explain the samurai code to each other? What you are saying is illogical. It is like saying that your mother told you not to eat cheese, without saying the word "cheese".
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answered Is Japanese understandable without pitch?
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comment Why do English sources for learning Japanese leave out pitch?
I can find this name in WWWJDIC: "馬見 【うまみ】 Umami".
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comment Why do English sources for learning Japanese leave out pitch?
Some textbooks do have this information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese:_The_Spoken_Language
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comment Pronunciation of しゃ, し, しゅ, しぇ, and しょ
@TsuyoshiIto Thank you for your message. If you are Japanese you can very easily verify that mext.go.jp/b_menu/hakusho/nc/k19910628002/k19910628002.html does not say what the Wikipedia article claims it does. Of course, I don't demand any further message from you, thank you for replying so far.
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comment Where does です come from?
@DariusJahandarie Thank you for responding. As far as I know, some people take one view and other people take another view, but there is not consensus.
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comment Do demons get any special honorifics?
@TsuyoshiIto: Thank you for your comments and attempts to answer this. I don't really understand the question very well but attempted to give an answer to the best of my abilities.
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comment Pronunciation of しゃ, し, しゅ, しぇ, and しょ
@TsuyoshiIto - thank you for your information, but that is not "Hepburn romanization". Also, the Wikipedia article's claims contradict the sources it cites.
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answered Do demons get any special honorifics?
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comment Is punning with homophonic kanji common?
I don't understand how to answer this question. What does "is it common?" mean, exactly? Do some Japanese people make "kanji puns"? Yes. Do most Japanese people make "kanji puns"? The answer is most likely "no". What do you want to know, really?
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comment Where does です come from?
As far as I know, there is no widely-accepted theory that "desu" comes from any one origin among linguists. Do you have a reference for that?
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comment Did the Japanese have a word for surrender before WWII?
Not only is it a myth, it's a particularly silly one. If they didn't have a word for surrender, how would they explain to the soldiers that they were not supposed to surrender?
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comment Pronunciation of しゃ, し, しゅ, しぇ, and しょ
There is no "she" in Hepburn romanization. "しぇ" cannot be represented in Hepburn romanization.
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