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Is there an equivalent of the Harvard sentences for Japanese?

Not an exact equilvalent but a similar dataset in Japanese is ATR 503 sentences. Instead of single phonemes, it is balanced for two-phoneme sequences and three-phoneme sequences. ATR stands for ...
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pitch accent for suffixes

The NHK Accent Dictionary contains a section on compound words, which has entries such as 〜体、〜生、〜力 etc. that explains the pattern they use for connecting to the previous word. It also has a very ...
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Causative passive form vs. Passive causative form: Both are grammatically possible, but is there a citation to prefer one over the other?

There is no "passive-causative form" as you suggest in Japanese. Japanese verb conjugations can be "stacked", but not all combinations are possible. There is a correct order you ...
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Pitch accent websites differing for certain words

I personally read 九日から like ここのかから【LHHHHH】, but ここのかから【LHHHLL】 is also acceptable. 九日の天気 is read both like ここのかのてんき【LHHHHHLL】 and ここのかのてんき【LHHHLHLL】, but I feel the former is more common. Some words ...
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た くみ or 匠 or たくみ

This is a good example of how important context is. たくみ is a play on words, as they explain on their webpage: El nombre Takumi representa la esencia del restaurante, “artesano”, “maestro”, además ...
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Japanese kanjis and Chinese characters: a request for comparative stroke order

Certainly there are some characters that have different stroke orders. As for traditional Chinese characters, there are a few radicals that you should watch out for: 糸 In Japanese, the last three ...
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Is there an equivalent of the Harvard sentences for Japanese?

Looks like there is no set of standard sentences that is exactly like Harvard Sentences, but: If you are looking for phrases for testing radio connection, that would be 本日は晴天なり. This is an "...
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Causative passive form vs. Passive causative form: Both are grammatically possible, but is there a citation to prefer one over the other?

Your first hypothesis simply doesn’t hold. If you thought it might, you may not understand how causative-passives work. If such a thing exists at all, the passive-causative form of 聞く would be 聞かれさせる, ...
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Is Duolingo's pronunciation decent or good?

In short: Duolingo's Japanese pronunciation quality is not perfect. Most Japanese people would sense that it's not a native speaker here and there. Now that said it's not so bad that one would have ...
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Causative passive form vs. Passive causative form: Both are grammatically possible, but is there a citation to prefer one over the other?

"The conjugations have a commutative property ("causative passive" is semantically identical to the "passive causative") This would be categorically false. Can you throw me ...
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Characteristics of/Sources about roujingo

Cursory answer as far as aspects I'm familiar with ~ておる、~とる for ~てる、~ている ぞ、わ、ぞい、わい、な、のう sentence ending particles ~じゃ as copula for だ, じゃろ・じゃろう for だろ・だろう ワシ as first-person pronoun ~ん negative rather ...
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Japanese kanjis and Chinese characters: a request for comparative stroke order

AFAIK, the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) defines some general stroke order rules given by importance below (known as 筆順指導の手びき): Generally characters are proceeds from top to bottom (e.g. 三). ...
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Where can I find the nuance/meaning differences between words with different kanji options?

While ssb’s answer is absolutely sufficient, I want to point out—in addition—an English resource that some may not think of in these circumstances. Of the three current, major kanji–English ...
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Goo Dictionary: What does it mean?

As described in the Wikipedia page, goo is supposedly an abbreviation for 「global network が無限大(∞)に拡大し続ける」 i.e. "global network continues to expand infinitely" (infinity sign is represented by oo)
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Pitch accent websites differing for certain words

Sometimes a word does have multiple "valid" pitch accent patterns. Daijirin often lists multiple pitch downstep numbers for terms that have them, like, say, the entry for とらまえる, which lists ...
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Learning kanji readings with examples

Kanjicards has online (and printable) lists sorted by grade level, JLPT level or frequency of use. The lists include both types of readings, example words and stroke order: http://kanjicards.org/kanji-...
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Good sources of example sentences?

偏愛 refers to a (usually eccentric and/or obsessive) attitude of loving only one thing/person, as described in this entry. In the context of that article, 偏愛 refers to maniac enthusiasm or obsessive ...
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Rules and tools for assigning furigana

Yes, as @sundowner noted in that final paragraph, there are enough exceptions in Japanese writing that any programmatic approach would have to start with a dictionary (in programming terms). This ...
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Rules and tools for assigning furigana

It is more a matter of typography than of orthography. ふりがなを入れる時の5つの決まり事 漢字1文字ごとに読み仮名を振るルビをモノルビ、単語単位に振るルビをグループルビといいます。文字と読みの関係を学ぶ目的の文章、教科書や教材(特に低年齢用)ではモノルビが使用されます。漢字の読み方を学ぶ場合ですね。 ...
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Is there an equivalent of the Harvard sentences for Japanese?

For completeness, here's the full set of the ATR 503 sentences mentioned in Yusuke's answer, collected from the ATR503 Twitter bot: A01: あらゆる現実を、すべて自分のほうへねじ曲げたのだ。 A02: 一週間ばかり、ニューヨークを取材した。 A03: ...
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Japanese prepositional phrases

The taxonomies vary between researchers (which can be said for a lot of things about Japanese). This paper mentions 複合辞 (compound particles), 後置詞 (postpositionals), 複合格助詞 (compound case particles), ...
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Characteristics of/Sources about roujingo

I see that there's a 老人語 article on the Japanese Wikipedia, discussing some of the fictional and real-world instances of 老人語. There is also a list of characteristically 老人語 words.
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pitch accent for suffixes

Regarding counters there are no rules in general. But some kinds of counters are more or less predictable. One mora counters One mora counters are preaccented in general: 個,里,羽 etc (一個 [Ikko],一羽 [...
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Where can I find the nuance/meaning differences between words with different kanji options?

One low-budget option is the IME. Microsoft's IME (and possibly others) has little comments next to the homonym kanji that help you to choose the correct one:
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