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Jun
21
comment 手を貸す and 'lend a hand' - coincidence?
Sounds plausible. But if I remember correctly, the idiom 一石二鳥 turns out to be a calque from English, so stronger evidence that 手を貸す is not a calque might involve showing it was attested in earlier stages of the language.
Jun
20
comment Naming An International Headquarters
講道館 is read kōdō, not 'koda'.
May
30
comment What's the meaning of this pastry pun?
Here's the rest of them. So bad but so good... seven97.gomyline.com/?c=Products&act=Detail&id=1123515
May
30
comment Etymology of とにかく
Is ともかく similarly from a ともかくも? Also, did と leave any traces in the modern language? If it means the same as modern こう, it appears unrelated to any modern こそあど forms beginning in k-.
May
23
comment The origins and mechanics of pitch accent in SJ compounds
Fascinating answer, but can't possibly explain why the same character with the same Chinese reading could yield different pitch accent patterns.
May
21
comment The origins and mechanics of pitch accent in SJ compounds
Forgot to source my claim for 地下 — I got it from Kodansha's Romanized J-E Dictionary, which says that they get it from the NHKアクセント辞典 except taking the first of multiple accents where there are more than one.
May
16
comment Is the interjection おう really a Chinese loanword?
The book does have a bibliography but this particular claim isn't resolved to a source.
May
16
comment Is the interjection おう really a Chinese loanword?
Exactly, that's why it didn't pass muster for me. But he asserts it as if it were a well known fact, so I decided to put it to the community.
May
16
comment Is “俎板の上の鯉” related to the Vietnamese phrase “như cá nằm trên thớt”?
Interesting question. Fourth choice: parallel evolution.
May
7
comment Apparently unrelated 音読み?
@Earthliŋ Incidentally, where does the コク reading come from?
Mar
21
comment 町{ちょう}、町{まち}、街{がい}、街{まち} - how to pick the correct pronunciation?
+1 Thanks blutorange, very detailed; just the kind of answer I want to see more of on the site.
Mar
16
comment Can someone transliterate this artist's name?
Beautiful calligraphy, but voted to close per policy.
Mar
11
comment Can you use the “Ha, Heh, Hee, Ho” method for learning Japanese vowels?
Most notably, unlike the Spanish <u> the Japanese <u> vowel is unrounded.
Mar
9
comment Are there any common Japanese words which were borrowed from Ainu or other indigenous languages?
かなた is part of the same paradigm as どなた、そなた, making this extremely unlikely.
Jan
21
comment The difference between する and している with onomatopoeias
Hi Kentaro, the poster is asking specifically about onomatopoeias, not する/している in general.
Jan
16
comment How is the Iroha poem usually pronounced?
A funny thing about the "new pangram" is that it contains the string いろは.
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?
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.