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Why does some manga have dots above some of the words? [duplicate]

Potential spoilers for readers of Jojo, but in the top-left-hand corner of this picture there are dots above the word こいつ. Why do some manga have dots above some of the words? I've only noticed this ...
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What are these marks that sometimes appear above kanji/kana? [duplicate]

I've seen these comma-like marks above kanji/kana in Japanese novels a few times, but I have no idea what they're called or their purpose: I tried looking online and I haven't found anything (it's ...
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What do dots next to Hiragana mean in literature? [duplicate]

I've been reading more Japanese literature, and in doing so I've come across hiragana with something that looks like 、to the right of some characters where ふりがな would be (keeping in mind that Japanese ...
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What do comma-like marks along a word mean? [duplicate]

What do comma-like marks along the word 捨て思い mean on book scan below? Update: ah, seems to be duplicate of What are these furigana (or punctuation marks)? and Do Japanese writers use underline for ...
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In vertical writing, what do these signs (that look like backticks) mean? [duplicate]

This is an extract from 窓ぎわのトットちゃん。 The teacher is talking about how Totto-chan ended up drawing a ふさ around her rendition of the flag of Japan. She is presumably quite astonished at this and my only ...
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Do Japanese writers use underline for emphasis?

Do Japanese writers use underline to emphasize a point, or other techniques? Wikipedia mentions the use of katakana in its article on Emphasis and in its article on Katakana, but I'm not sure whether ...
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When writing vertically, where do small kana go?

When writing horizontally, small kana go right next to the syllable they modify as in ちょっと. Also, when using katakana, long vowels are indicated by an horizontal dash, as in メール. When writing ...
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Do Japanese people use quotation marks for emphasis?

I came across this tweet today: Is this the least confidence-inspiring use of inverted commas ever? The English part of the sign has "Safe" and "Comfortable" in inverted commas, and the ...
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Encountered な with ten-ten

I am currently reading a manga for studying Japanese and encountered something strange. A girl exclaims「な゛?!」 The situation is that she has just had water squirted up her nose, so I am guessing it's ...
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Questions about punctuation in a light novel

I have the first time of No game No life in Japanese. However, there are some things that puzzled me quite a bit about the punctuation. As you can see in the photo, I don't understand the reason why ...
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quotation marks「」vs ””

In japanese writing, the ubiquitous 「」is used to mark speech. I have seen "" being used instead of 「」especially on messaging apps. Question is, what's the difference? For the record, I have only seen "...
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Meaning of ヒラリ in this context

I'm working on The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai. First, protagonist describes the way her mother drinks soup, that is very gently. Then she says this: ヒラリ、という形容は、お母さまの場合、決して誇張では無い。...