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語順. Japanese word order can be very flexible. According to some theories, there is usually an "unmarked" word order, and other orders are achieved by "scrambling" the constituents into different posit…
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インターネットスラング. Character strings unique to textual domains, including phone based texting. Includes emoticons if they are relevant to Japanese language or usage.
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和語と漢語. The difference between a native-Japanese word (wago, yamato-kotoba) based on kun-reading and a Sino-Japanese word (Sino-loanwords, kango) based on on-reading. 和語 includes most i-adjectives and …
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語彙. Single words or set phrases that must be learned in order to communicate.
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命令. Grammar, syntax, and sentence patterns of giving commands, issuing orders, and related acts such as some requests and the equivalent of English "let's".
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「は」と「が」. The difference between the は (topic) and が (subject) particles.
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略語. Shortened forms of words or phrases.
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引用. Questions about Japanese quotations, or about the grammar of quotation.
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古語. Old words or phrases no longer in general spoken or written use.
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関西弁. A group of dialects in the Kansai region.
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音声学. The physical properties of the sounds of Japanese. Divided into articulatory phonetics (how the sounds are produced physically), auditory phonetics (the physical sounds we're able to hear physic…
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主語. Identifying the subject of a sentence, which often is omitted.
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曖昧な表現. A situation where multiple interpretations are possible as a result of scarcity of information. Ambiguity can exist at the grammatical and lexical level, and is usually resolved through context…
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部首. Components of kanji, which may serve as a semantic or phonetic factor in the meaning or pronunciation of the character. Along with stroke count, radicals provide a way to index and give an orderin…
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スポーツ. Language used in the context of sports. Sports-related phrases in everyday speech.
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モダリティ. The linguistic expression of the speaker’s psychological attitude towards the verbalized state of affairs or towards the utterance and the communication itself at the time of speech.
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助詞「って」. The Japanese particle tte.
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記号. Typographic symbols in Japanese writing such as ×, ﹅, ・, ※, etc., that are neither kana, kanji, nor punctuation.
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複合動詞. A compound functioning as a single verb.
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ふりがな. Small kana written above horizontal kanji or beside vertical kanji to indicate pronunciation. Also called ruby.
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資源. Questions about books, websites, and other resources about the Japanese language.
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形態論. The study of forms of words, including both inflection and word formation.
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形式名詞. A closed subclass of short nouns with general meaning and no specific content. Usually following an appositive clause or a relative clause. The formal noun の is not to be confused with the parti…
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文学. Japanese language as used in literature.
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感動詞. A word or phrase, or exclamation, with no particular grammatical relation to a sentence.
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一人称代名詞. The many Japanese words that correspond to English "I" and "me" but differ in nuances such as formality, respect, intimacy, etc.
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言語学. The study of languages.
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従属節. Clauses subordinate in form and unaffected by main clause phenomena such as topicalization.
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男女の言葉遣い. For questions about gender-specific speech or how to address or refer to people depending on their gender. Note that Japanese doesn't have grammatical gender.
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ダジャレ. A form of wordplay which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. Although puns are u…
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省略. Omitting words from a grammatical construction.
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