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Mar
24
comment Difference between んい and に
Yes, there is a difference. One way about thinking about it is syllabification: たんい is /tan.i/, たに is /ta.ni/. Try listening to some sound clips.
Mar
19
comment Is バッチリ a generally accepted term?
dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/177688/m0u/…
Mar
15
comment Why are Japanese vowels occasionally rhotacised in songs?
I don't hear a rhotic. In the case of あくい you might be hearing some kind of glide, maybe [ɰ]?
Feb
7
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Jan
24
answered What is the Japanese proverb for “even a thief is right three times out of ten”?
Jan
12
comment The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
There is some information about historical pitch accent in §7.4 of [Frellesvig, A history of the Japanese language]. As for genesis, perhaps it's better to look at better-documented / more recent examples, e.g. Shanghainese.
Dec
29
comment Did ある and いる once have kanji?
One also has to exclude the possibility that 居る is おる.
Dec
28
comment Are there any patterns for okurigana?
There is something of a system. For instance, for ichidan verbs, typically the last two syllables are spelled out in okurigana.
Dec
9
comment Why are し/ち transliterated as 'shi'/'chi', and not 'si'/'ti'?
That's swi, of course.
Dec
6
comment Categorizing kanji variants - is there a “proper” form?
In Japanese, 海 (with two dots) is considered an old variant, whereas 海 is the (current) standard.
Nov
29
comment Why is China ちゅうごく while Korea is かんこく. Why the difference between ご and こ?
One possible reason is rendaku.
Nov
27
comment Equivalent of “That said, Carthage must be destroyed” in Japanese
On the other hand, I am familiar with the phrase but not its ironic usage.
Nov
9
comment Translation help with a sentence, use of たる?
You can get the gist of it by replacing たる with である.
Nov
4
comment The etymology of 頭{あたま}金{きん}
As in English, 頭 sometimes means "initial" or "beginning". For instance, 冒頭 or 頭文字...
Nov
1
answered Significance of 「温」 in 「温故知新」
Oct
28
comment Why “greengrocer” kanjis are 八百屋 (やおや)?
Of course, やおよろず also means 8,000,000, which is a rather large number. (Compare "myriad", which means 10,000.)
Oct
28
comment Why “greengrocer” kanjis are 八百屋 (やおや)?
Actually, やお also means 800, or more figuratively, "a lot"; and a 八百屋 is a place where you can buy lots of things. Compare the Chinese word for department store, 百貨公司.
Oct
26
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
@EnnoShioji Huh? "work" is not pronounced with a rounded vowel in either GA or RP, while "walk" is pronounced with a rounded vowel (unless the cot–caught merger is in effect).
Oct
26
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
Though with some notable exceptions, e.g. カレッジ instead of コレッジ or ナンセンス instead of ノンセンス.
Oct
25
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
Well, there's also the fact that the "cot" vowel is rounded in some dialects of English, hence more likely to be perceived as an オ than an ア. (But I would say "Austin" with the "caught" vowel.)