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I graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Japanese. Nearly half of my time enrolled at Ohio was spent studying at Chubu University near Nagoya, Japan. I plan eventually to go to graduate school for foreign language education, to become certified to teach Japanese at the secondary level.

In the mean time, however, I program (primarily in PHP and SQL). I also recently began working as a freelance Japanese-to-English translator, though I've translated anime and manga as a hobby in the past.


Aug
26
comment What does ちょーなー mean?
I don't know how often it's used in Japanese, but it seems to me that it could also be ファイナル = 学期末試験 (final exam)
Aug
25
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
24
revised Are 漢語 always more formal than 和語?
Clarification of and expansion of the question
Aug
24
comment Are 漢語 always more formal than 和語?
@virmaior Honestly, I don't know what exactly I mean by "formal" -- though that is most certainly not reflected by the question. I suppose I should update it to fix that. But essentially, I do feel like rather often in response to "what is the difference between <KGWORD> and <WGWORD>?"-type questions, I hear "Nothing, except that <KGWORD> is more formal than <WGWORD>."-type responses. Maybe what I should be asking first is what that means...
Aug
23
asked Are 漢語 always more formal than 和語?
Aug
23
reviewed Reviewed What are the uses of に and とは in this sentence?
Aug
14
comment Why do we say 頼もしい instead of 頼ましい?
@EiríkrÚtlendi I recently wrote a paper on this topic for a class, and my professor (the 蜂矢先生 who wrote the paper I references in this answer) wrote in the feedback that 被覆形=末尾がア列・ウ列・オ列甲類・同乙類 and 露出形=末尾がイ列甲類・同乙類・エ列乙類. Also, apparently different vowel changes occur when they are between a 露出形 and 被覆形(山口佳紀氏の言う「異価的交替」) and when they are between 被覆形 and 被覆形(同じく「等価的交替」). I was unaware of any such phenomenon, so that's certainly interesting.
Aug
12
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
29
reviewed Leave Open 「~てはいただけません」- Why the は?
Jul
26
accepted What is the difference between ~あろうが and ~あろうと?
Jul
26
comment What is the difference between ~あろうが and ~あろうと?
Yes, I think と is the correct choice in my particular case. Thanks!
Jul
24
comment ではないか Grammar translation
If you consider the quotative particle と as literal quotation marks, you can get a grammatical translation that's pretty literal: I think, "Are not many people not familiar with [this]?" but [...] (Edit: It's worth noting that I don't actually think this is a good translation)
Jul
24
accepted Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?
Jul
24
comment Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?
Also, once I am back from vacation and have access to my dictionaries again, I will most certainly look into that. I admit that I'm pretty embarrassingly uneducated about most OJ stuff; it's actually completely unrelated to my area of study lol. But thank you for pointing me in the right direction!
Jul
24
comment Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?
@Dono Thank you for the detailed response. You should write an answer, because that basically answers my question. I guess I was just thinking about it the wrong way; as some special thing rather than a copy made by some dude hundreds of years later...
Jul
24
comment Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?
@Dono I'm certainly no expert or anything, but that explanation has several problems. First of all, it does not address the issue that this is not even a 仮名 for ビ; it's a 仮名 for ヒ. Additionally, the assertion being made is based entirely upon the assumption that サビシ is formed from the 未然形 of 上二段活用動詞「サブ」, which is why ビ would have to be 乙類. While I do actually believe that that is the origin, this is literally the only known instance of サビシ written in 上代特殊仮名遣, which makes it impossible to confirm. As far as I know, the leading theory is that サビシ is a later development via sound change from サブシ.
Jul
24
awarded  Revival
Jul
24
revised Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?
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Jul
24
revised Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?
added 101 characters in body
Jul
24
asked Why is 左必之佐 read as サビシサ in 万葉集 entry 3734?