What does the じゃもの in 春じゃもの mean? The phrase is a koto song title, so I can't give much context. I think my teacher said it meant something like "clearly", or "the essence of". But I can't remember, and I was wondering if the じゃ was では and if the mono was 物.

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    じゃ is the copula (equivalent of だ) in some dialects. See this chart for more details. As such, the もの here is probably the "grammatical" もの, not 物. Not sure how this could relate to "clearly" or "the essence of", though, so I don't really have a full answer for you.
    – senshin
    Jun 23 '14 at 6:43
  • じゃ is a slurring of では in many cases (e.g. じゃない, 飲んじゃだめ, etc.), however this particular example isn't quite that. As senshin noted, it's being used as a straight replacement for だ in this case.
    – Kaji
    Jun 23 '14 at 6:49
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    Roughly means "Because it's spring", "It's spring, so..", etc. I am somehow pretty sure OP has seen ~~だもん if not ~~だもの. Former is more informal.
    – user4032
    Jun 23 '14 at 9:57
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    Just wondering, why has nobody actually written an answer as an answer... instead of in the comments section?
    – user5083
    Jun 23 '14 at 12:21
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    @Kaji The copula じゃ is from ぢゃ < であ < である rather than では.
    – user1478
    Jun 23 '14 at 14:00

I think it is


said in an archaic way or in 役割語-老人語 (or maybe in a regional dialect).

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