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Feb
5
accepted 「行くときゃ誰とゆく」— what's this きゃ and the とs?
Feb
5
asked 「行くときゃ誰とゆく」— what's this きゃ and the とs?
Jan
17
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
@ThomasGross: I think you were on the right track and I was wrong: teki-words can behave like nouns. See answer below.
Jan
17
accepted -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
Jan
17
answered -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
Jan
5
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
What's interesting about 的, compared to your other examples, is that 的 asks for a な and not a の, which makes the 的-word syntactically a na-adjective. Noun+noun compounds without the の is totally common, but it seems to me that few na-adjectives work without a な, compounding directly on what Japanese school grammar call the "stem" (語幹、 the part before な). Thanks for the additional information, it's deeply appreciated.
Jan
4
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
(Also, dictionaries classify 的-words as na-adjectives (形容動詞), cf.)
Jan
4
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Jan
4
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
@ThomasGross 印象 and 客観 are nouns, but they're not compounding with 事実 in 2 and 4 (it's not 客観事実、印象事実); rather, they're modified by 的 first, and 的 makes nominal adjectives out of nouns (just like English "-ive" in "object"→"objective"); cf. dictionary link. I know that some Japanese words can work as both nouns and NAs (e.g. 特別の/特別な); but if this was the case of 的-adjectives, we'd expect not only compounding but also *?印象的の事実、*?客観的の事実; however, these get no more than a handful of hits, not many more than *?明らか事実。
Jan
4
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
@comeauch: Sure it is, but the question is why, among the set of na-adjectives, only teki-adjectives appear to allow this omission of the particle/copula な.
Jan
3
asked -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
Sep
24
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Sep
19
asked Japanese: “osowarata”?
Sep
10
comment Adnominalisation (Relative clause - noun - copula structure): What does it mean? How can we translate it?
Is this a form of cleft?
Sep
10
asked Classical: On the subject of a sentence with 連用形/て clauses + ば condicional
Aug
16
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Oct
25
comment Is there a reliable translation of the kangxi radicals?
I like kanjinetworks, but keep in mind they use a nonmainstream method of sound symbolism which often results in controversial kanji analyses; see languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3699 . Sites with more traditional analyses include chineseetymology.org and zhongwen.com , but you'll might have to convert some characters to Chinese forms to use them. If you excuse me touting my own horn, I once made a simple tool to help with that: namakajiri.net/kanjigen . Have a nice hunting :)
Oct
20
comment Function of the first の in とかの他の
@PhilipSeyfi Google overestimates hit counts on the first pages. Use verbatim search, and keep forwarding to the last page. I got 434, ending on page 44. google.com/… ideally someone should search on an actual linguistic corpus to make a comparison, but at any rate I think it's reasonable to say that there are real people producing both forms (see twitter results).
Oct
17
comment Function of the first の in とかの他の
396 Google "verbatim" results for "とかのその他". Several are false positives because there's a comma or period midway, but there are still plenty of actual uses. I get several on twitter too.
Aug
16
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