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Apr
3
revised Why is topology called 位相幾何学?
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Apr
3
comment Why is topology called 位相幾何学?
The first morpheme in topology is Gk. τόπος 'place', which corresponds to 位 (position). I would suggest that 相 in this context means 'aspect', 'behaviour', and not 'mutual' (its other sense). In Chinese, the two senses of 相 have different readings (xiang4 vs xiang1). Putting it all together, the term 位相 refers to the disposition of place -- that is, how the place is arranged; in other words, its topology.
Apr
2
answered Why is topology called 位相幾何学?
Jan
31
comment What suffix do you add to a verb to make it perfective or imperfective?
The progressive is an aspect (reflects the state of the action around the event) rather than a tense (situates the event relative to now).
Dec
10
accepted The surname 粂 【くめ】
Dec
10
comment Don't get the meaning of the sentence “意味ありげな笑いを浮かべた”
For me, "a knowing smile" is another natural translation.
Dec
8
answered 足って used in Ponyo Song
Dec
7
comment Syllable final -t in early modern Japanese?
Right, I see. Is there evidence that they were pronounced in MJ in that way? Usually (as is the case with loanwords into modern Japanese) foreign phonology gets levelled very quickly.
Dec
7
asked Syllable final -t in early modern Japanese?
Dec
6
comment The surname 粂 【くめ】
Then explain why the period didn't lead to the creation of hundreds of novel kanji for use in names.
Dec
5
comment The surname 粂 【くめ】
True enough. So why is this the only exemplar of its type? The Chinese notion of 方块字 excludes the idea of writing more than one character in a single block.
Dec
5
asked The surname 粂 【くめ】
Nov
22
comment Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
Thanks for that. As the link says, 申し訳ありません is incorrect in the same way that 危ありません is incorrect, but the descriptive tendency is probably because 申し訳 also occurs as a standalone noun while 危(あぶ) does not. Also, I would never have thought 申し訳のう to be the correct combining form.
Nov
22
comment Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
That point about 申し訳ない is interesting. So is 申し訳ありません prescriptively incorrect? I could have sworn we had been taught it.
Nov
17
comment What are the differences between じ and ぢ, and ず and づ?
There's also the use of ぢ to write 痔, which has an interesting history... ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%97%94#.E6.A6.82.E8.A6.81
Nov
9
answered Reading 塞 and 省: When on and kun readings go together
Nov
8
comment How to translate: “Keep/leave something”. So, how to express intention to leave something unchanged
I'm not the downvoter, but I think ~ておく is only appropriate when the agent performs the action, and not when the state is simply allowed to persist.
Nov
7
comment Are there rules for when 'e' becomes 'a' in compound words?
The compound words all have the structure X of Y, but it seems unlikely that any historical genitive particle like tsu or ga could have yielded a vocalic i. Incidentally, I wonder if there's any evidence linking tsu to the fossilised Korean genitive particle s (e.g. 바닷가 bada-s-ga)...
Nov
6
comment Are there rules for when 'e' becomes 'a' in compound words?
You mention that a+i > e2 > Modern e, and that the original root ends in a. What is the i which yields modern e when the word occurs free and not in a compound?
Nov
6
comment Are there rules for when 'e' becomes 'a' in compound words?
Here's a list of examples.