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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.
「は」と「が」. The difference between the は (topic) and が (subject) particles.
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…
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 …
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".
引用. Questions about Japanese quotations, or about the grammar of quotation.
主語. Identifying the subject of a sentence, which often is omitted.
助詞「って」. The Japanese particle tte.
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…
古語. Old words or phrases no longer in general spoken or written use.
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…
語彙. Single words or set phrases that must be learned in order to communicate.
略語. Shortened forms of words or phrases.
関西弁. A group of dialects in the Kansai region.
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…
複合動詞. A compound functioning as a single verb.
スポーツ. Language used in the context of sports. Sports-related phrases in everyday speech.
文学. Japanese language as used in literature.
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.
形態論. The study of forms of words, including both inflection and word formation.
記号. Typographic symbols in Japanese writing such as ×, ﹅, ・, ※, etc., that are neither kana, kanji, nor punctuation.
言語学. The study of languages.
ゲーム. Japanese grammar, expressions, vocabulary as used in the context of video games.
ふりがな. Small kana written above horizontal kanji or beside vertical kanji to indicate pronunciation. Also called ruby.
資源. Questions about books, websites, and other resources about the Japanese language.
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…
助詞「な」. Used with adjectives that behave grammatically like nouns, or with verbs to indicate "do" (after verb stem) or "don't" (after dictionary form).
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.
書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
助詞「でも」. Sometimes considered a single particle and listed as 係助詞 or 副助詞 in most dictionaries. This is derived from, but not the same as, the combination of either copular で or case particle で plus も.
感動詞. A word or phrase, or exclamation, with no particular grammatical relation to a sentence.