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Jan
14
answered Topic marker in これは大きい本を食べる犬です
Jan
14
comment The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
I think we may have a terminology miscommunication - by saying 'not present in the language somewhere', I mean they're not even present as URs. I'm trying to draw a distinction between 'diachronic shared proto-form' and 'synchronic underlying representation'.
Jan
13
comment The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
They basically have to be, barring cross-dialect contamination (which does happen a lot in Japanese, though I don't know about with tones), though 'underlying' implies that those original forms are still there in the language somewhere (and they're not). I'd say they're all (mostly) regular transformations of a shared original form, rather than a shared 'underlying' form.
Jan
12
answered The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
Jan
9
comment Is it correct to use で in this sentence if I want to convey “and”?
@kmk I've only ever heard that usage with ですが as in something like 'yeah, about that', but that may be due to my limited experience ^_^
Jan
8
comment Is it correct to use で in this sentence if I want to convey “and”?
You're sure ですが is better? Sounds to me like you're changing the meaning to like 'even though it's still a month away I can't wait', but I feel like the OP's intent is more of 'it's only a month away now and I can't wait' (in which case just で might be best - 発売日は来月で待ちきれない).
Dec
19
revised If 「は」 marks a topic, and 「が」 marks a subject, what does 「です」 do in terms of nuance?
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Dec
19
comment If 「は」 marks a topic, and 「が」 marks a subject, what does 「です」 do in terms of nuance?
Yeah, I can see you're right - it's rare enough for me to have never seen it. Answer will be updated.
Dec
19
answered If 「は」 marks a topic, and 「が」 marks a subject, what does 「です」 do in terms of nuance?
Nov
24
revised はく and きる or just きる?
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Nov
24
revised はく and きる or just きる?
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Nov
24
comment はく and きる or just きる?
@DariusJahandarie Thanks for the additions, updating to include!
Nov
23
answered はく and きる or just きる?
Nov
21
comment Help translating this paragraph: doubts about 「への」and「と共に」forms, and structure of a sentence beggining with 「これ」?
AFAIK への is about the only way to make an adnominal out of に in certain situations (like this) - that's probably why it's used with 参加.
Nov
13
comment This text appears to be labeling V-し・V-せず・Adj-なく・N-に as present, V-して・V-しないで・Adj-なくて・N-で as past. Why?
Came up with them on the spot ^_^
Nov
13
comment This text appears to be labeling V-し・V-せず・Adj-なく・N-に as present, V-して・V-しないで・Adj-なくて・N-で as past. Why?
I don't, but I'd love to find out if someone else does!
Nov
13
answered This text appears to be labeling V-し・V-せず・Adj-なく・N-に as present, V-して・V-しないで・Adj-なくて・N-で as past. Why?
Nov
10
comment Please teach me more about ハダカ格
Yeah, the standard analysis is just that zero-marked core nouns are marked with a が or を that's subsequently been deleted. I really doubt that a zero-marked subject contrasts very much with one marked with が or は - certainly not enough to call it a whole separate case.
Nov
6
revised Both 当たり前 and 相変わらず seem to mean “usual” or “ordinary”. What's the difference between them?
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Nov
6
comment Both 当たり前 and 相変わらず seem to mean “usual” or “ordinary”. What's the difference between them?
Thank you, editing to include that!