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Jul
11
comment What's this -れり ending?
@非回答者 足りる etc. sure, but 足る? Or am I just horribly misinformed?
Jul
10
revised What's this -れり ending?
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Jul
10
comment What's this -れり ending?
You're right about that, I don't know that I've ever seen 足る outside of fossilsed or deliberately archaic constructions. I picked it for its equivalence. I'll edit and make that clear, though.
Jul
10
answered What's this -れり ending?
Jul
9
comment In 君が代, what's the function of の?
I know in Old Japanese (pre-790s) の could mark the subject of basically any non-main clause - I know for sure it could appear with conditionals (with -ば), and IIRC with quotations (with と) at least also, as well as with まで. Not sure when this stage ended, though, so I can't answer the OP's whole question.
Jun
26
awarded  Yearling
Jun
20
comment When was 歴史的仮名遣い standardized?
I'm pretty sure that by about 1900 it was fairly well conventionalised, but I don't know if there was ever a formal standard propagated. I do know that the kana ん was officially added around then, though; so there must have been -something- it was added to.
Jun
19
reviewed Leave Open Is there a Japanese term to express the concept of “Comfort Zone”?
Jun
17
reviewed Leave Open In what ways do Japanese children overgeneralize conjugation patterns?
Jun
16
comment A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
Yeah, but there's no reason to think that に is an adverb (and て attaches to the ren'youkei, not to adverbs); and the distribution could be due to different factors entirely (such as no one really needing to express the idea conveyed by にて particularly often).
Jun
15
revised A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
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Jun
15
comment A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
I'm not sure that I agree with Frellesvig's analysis of the copula, but I'll edit the answer.
Jun
14
revised A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
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Jun
14
answered A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
Jun
13
awarded  Custodian
Jun
13
comment A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
@CraftRiot: If your question is specifically about 'why is there a は in ではない, I think I have a very simple answer for you. You might not be too satisfied with it, but I think it's the most accurate answer.
Jun
13
reviewed Close Is the Japanese verb 'ちらばります’ an intransitive verb or not?
Jun
13
reviewed Leave Open A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
Jun
13
comment A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
@snailboat Yeah, it's totally an overtranslation; the point of that description is to be as low-level as possible.
Jun
13
comment A Deeper Look Unto て, で and は
I would actually describe である as 'exists (ある) as (で) the noun'.