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revised Did any writing systems exist before kanji was imported?
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Jul
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comment When grandmas tell their kids お天道様がみてるよ, how do the kids know who お天道様 is?
Well, it's not as commonly used as "God" (that was a flaw in my analogy, I guess), and I don't know of any kids' books that use it, but I think most Japanese people have at least heard the word and know how it's used. (Silvermaple didn't say it was uncommon, just that people might not be able to define it exactly.) If you had a grandma that used it, you would learn it, because her use of the word would teach it to you. And if you didn't, eventually you would hear it from someone else. It may die out in a few generations if non-grandmas have stopped using it, of course, like any other word.
Jul
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answered When grandmas tell their kids お天道様がみてるよ, how do the kids know who お天道様 is?
Jul
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comment What is the correct veritable meaning of 水無月 and 神無月?
@Chris Vovin doesn't mention these two specific words at all (at least as far as I can see) -- I'm just quoting him more generally on the /na/ particle.
Jul
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comment What is the correct veritable meaning of 水無月 and 神無月?
Er, /topo.to.hito/ = /topo.tu.pito/, 遠人
Jul
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comment What is the correct veritable meaning of 水無月 and 神無月?
@Chris I picked Vovin because I remembered he had an idiosyncratic but well-argued view about this /na/, basically!
Jul
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comment What is the correct veritable meaning of 水無月 and 神無月?
@ZhenLin He calls it a "genitive-locative case marker", but warns that the /tu/ in words like /taka.tu.sima/ and /topo.to.hito/ is a different morpheme which is, in his opinion, originally some sort of copula.
Jul
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answered What is the correct veritable meaning of 水無月 and 神無月?
Jul
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comment Why is「ん」the only kana without a vowel?
Labrune also writes extensively on this topic in The Phonology of Japanese (2012).
Jul
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Jul
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comment What is the meaning of 女子力?
One difference is the diff. between 女子 and 女. Another is that 女子力 implies a kind of active mastery, where 女らしさ is more of an emergent trait. Like any other kind of power, 女子力 is a means to an end.
Jul
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comment Are 弱い相互作用 and 強い相互作用 unnatural?
@sawa I don't read very deeply in physics so I almost always encounter the idea introduced explicitly: "the four fundamental forces are called...". I do remember seeing it often used with the definite article, though, which is a way (unavailable in Japanese) of reminding the reader that the reference is to a specific type of interaction/force and not just to any and all interactions that could be characterized as weak.
Jul
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answered Are 弱い相互作用 and 強い相互作用 unnatural?
Jul
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comment Does the kanji 妾 still get used by women to refer to themselves?
Yeah, that could cause confusion. In that case I would probably use /ro:/ because the slashes are a sort of rough phonemic transcription, but that would be even less clearer to non-specialists than ろう, probably.
Jul
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comment Does the kanji 妾 still get used by women to refer to themselves?
No particular reason, I just didn't see much point in using kana to indicate the sounds, so I figured I may as well leave it in romaji. If someone wants to edit it to a different style, I won't roll it back.
Jul
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answered Does the kanji 妾 still get used by women to refer to themselves?
Jul
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answered 不被下候: When was it common, and what were the rules?
Jul
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comment What is the etymology of the word プラスアルファ?
Thanks, @Dono! I'll be keeping an eye out for something more specific myself (if it can be said with such confidence to be a misreading, we should also have documentation of that specific event) but those sources certainly fall on the reliable side of the fence.