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比較言語学. Japanese as compared to the other languages of the world, from a linguistics perspective.

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Does Japanese make the distinction between “-ing” and “-ed” adjectives?

In English and other similar languages, there is usually a clear distinction between adjectives that describe things that create a certain sentiment and adjectives used to describe that sentiment ...
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Does Korean hanja usage correspond to Japanese kun'yomi and on'yomi kanji usage?

For those who are versed in both Korean and Japanese. To add a bit of context, I've searched info on Korean hanja usage for some time, but none of the sources clearly stated that hanja may serve the ...
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売買の買とbuyの関係はあります?

買 in 売買{ばいばい} is pronounced ばい. The word "to buy", which is the translation of 買う, sounds the same. Is there some sort of connection?! 親父ギャグだけなのか…?
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Why are counters necessary to describe the quantity of objects?

Why are counters (助数詞) necessary to describe the numerical quantity of objects in Japanese? I'm interested in the linguistic explanation specifically, but also curious as to how strict those who are ...
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Confuse about the definition of yakimochi [duplicate]

Is there any linguist said about yakimochi (焼餅) definition? I mean any research of that word?
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What could be our Honbu name? [duplicate]

In Japan and in Japanese the Honbu of Judo is called Kodakan [講道館] or a place for the study of the way... I would like to know, if in appropriate Japanese language it would be possible to discover a ...
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Are there words or phrases that are commonly mistyped by native speakers on the Internet?

Like how it is common to see their/there and "could/would/should of" instead of "could/would/should have" in English discussions.
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Japanese without Kanji [closed]

Everyone says Japanese is a hard language, but if you remove the Kanji learning part from it, is it just as easy as any other language which just has a different writing system? Is spoken Japanese ...
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Reading fractions

In Japanese (and other East Asian languages), the denominator of a fraction is read as a part of the modifier to the numerator: 3分の5 'five that was divided by three' 'five thirds' This ...
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Is there a study available on the similarities between Japanese and Turkish grammars?

No I'm not claiming the Altaic hypothesis so try not to bring that up in answers. Still there are grammatical similarities between Japanese and Turkish such as agglutination and use of postpositions ...