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comment Why do some loanword sounds get “abbreviated” when katakanized, but not others?
Do you actually pronounce "pineapple" and "menu" with syllable breaks like that? It sounds extremely strange to me as an English speaker.
Sep
23
comment Is there an “official” font or other writing standard that should be used when teaching kanji?
SimSun is for Chinese – avoid it. Mincho should be a reliable indicator for Japanese.
Sep
23
comment Difficulty of Meiji literature
But let's be clear: there is a significant difference between classical Japanese and modern Japanese, and one finds both in Meiji literature.
Sep
19
comment When ない becomes ぬ
It's an imitation of classical/literary Japanese (文語).
Sep
8
comment Etymological origin of -n in 洗 (セン)
(And don't be misled by /h/ in modern Japanese – at the time Chinese words were being borrowed, it was a labial sound like [p] or [f].)
Sep
8
comment Etymological origin of -n in 洗 (セン)
@3to5businessdays What's so strange about that? /xjangH/ has an /x/ initial, which in Japanese appears regularly as /k/, and /ang/ appears regularly as /oː/ (via /au/).
Sep
7
comment Why is Danny written & pronounced ダニー and not ダニ?
It's not so clear-cut in English either. [1] [2]
Sep
7
comment Why are the verb classes called ichidan and godan?
But 段 doesn't mean "class". It means "grade" or "step".
Sep
5
comment What's the reading of 傾げる? かしげる or かたげる?
It occurs to me that かたげる might be derived from かたむける via かたんげる, much like ひがし is derived from ひむかし via ひんがし.
Aug
26
comment What does 2-jigen or 3-jigen mean?
Try substituting "2D world" or "3D world".
Aug
17
comment What is a Togi yoru
Manga usually comes with furigana, for some reason.
Aug
9
comment Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
It should be pointed out that some changes have happened since Middle Chinese to confuse things: for instance 法 ends in /t/ in Cantonese but originally had /p/; and conversely 立 ends in /p/ in Middle Chinese but ends with つ in Japanese.
Aug
9
comment Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
Mandarin is not the only Chinese variety, and at any rate I was referring to Middle Chinese. (For a modern variety of Chinese that preserves /t/ in 筆, see Cantonese.)
Aug
9
comment Why does 留守{るす} have two almost opposite meanings?
English has words like that too.
Aug
9
comment Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
The words you cite are Sino-Japonic, so (as MickG explains) your question is really, why do so many syllables in Chinese end in /t/?
Aug
3
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Aug
2
comment Why is the kanji for luck the same as to carry?
Of course, it must be pointed out that 軍 is (also) a phonetic here.
Aug
2
comment Why is the kanji for luck the same as to carry?
This was already the case in Chinese, so this is really a question about Chinese.
Aug
2
comment What is the meaning of this kanji 摑?
It's worth pointing out that 掴 is an "extended shinjitai" (拡張新字体) character – the current policy is that non-jōyō kanji should be printed in their original forms, which in this case is 摑.
Aug
2
comment Is /z/ pronounced as [z] or [dz] or both?
Did you look at Wikipedia? "Of the allophones of /z/, the affricate [dz] is most common, especially at the beginning of utterances and after /ɴ/ (or /n/, depending on the analysis), while fricative [z] may occur between vowels. Both sounds, however, are in free variation."