5

Can someone tell me what the notation "ー・" means?

It's all over this article: 大辞林「いう【言う・云う・謂う】」

8

It simply means that it should be replaced by 言, 云 or 謂 in actual usage.

The notation is used exclusively in some dictionaries to avoid looking repetitive in giving example phrases/sentences for the entry word.

(Of course, one could argue that the use of the same notation over and over looks repetitive, too.)

4

This dictionary definition, which you quoted, looks a bit half-baked.


Have a look at 大辞泉 for 話す.

It first defines the root (constant) part:

はな・す

And then uses it in examples:

「電話で―・す」

「父に―・してから返事する」

Where the part before the dot is constant and the ending is conjugated/inflected.


Back to the example from the question, it should define い・う for the examples to make sense.

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.