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Jan
13
comment The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
Thanks. For your edification underlying form in the linguistic context actually does mean exactly what you described -- not necessarily implying the forms are still present as surface forms in the language.
Jan
12
comment The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
Thanks for your answer. Do you have any insight into whether the various manifestations of pitch accent in the daughter dialects are regular transformations of some underlying form shared by the proto-language?
Jan
12
asked The genesis of pitch accent in Japanese
Dec
9
comment Are there ways to write Japanese fast (like shortening the words)?
Do you mean (colloquially) people write 人 and read だれか?
Dec
2
comment Reading 九十九 as “tsukumo”
That's really amusing.
Nov
19
answered What is “Sino-Japanese word order”?
Nov
15
comment Why does 甲斐 use these particular kanji?
@virmaior: Fascinating, I thought it might have been something to do with 貝. If the page is correct, then 甲斐 is completely arbitrary but the suffix is connected with the verb 交う (the exchange of goods, implying value or worth).
Nov
15
comment Why does 甲斐 use these particular kanji?
Right, I see. It's possible that the suffix came first and the placename came after. However with the initial 連濁 in the suffix, I would suggest either the two words are unrelated, or the placename came first and then somehow became a suffix.
Nov
15
comment Why does 甲斐 use these particular kanji?
They may well not -- as in 寿司, ateji are often completely arbitrary. However there are often reasons for the choice. In 寿司, for instance, the characters have vaguely positive connotations. I tentatively rule out the possibility that 甲斐 is used purely for its phonetic value, as there are many words in basic vocabulary with that reading. So why those characters?
Nov
15
asked Why does 甲斐 use these particular kanji?
Oct
31
awarded  Yearling
Oct
2
answered Meaning of 「以上」 when someone finishes his/her speech and says 「以上」
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
18
comment difference between 持ち込む and 持って来る?
I assume @Choko is referring to this defn of 連れ込む: 愛人を連れて旅館などにはいり込む。
Sep
8
asked Etymological origin of -n in 洗 (セン)
Jul
29
accepted Etymology of 武蔵
Jul
27
asked Etymology of 武蔵
Jul
11
comment In 君が代, what's the function of の?
Someone should turn these comments into answers ;)
Jul
10
comment What is a word for “participation” that resembles “kameseru”?
@Choko: I think you hit the nail on the head, even though 生命を外面宮殿です is still malformed...
Jul
10
comment In 君が代, what's the function of の?
Is the fact that が=の in this text commonly known to ordinary Japanese speakers?