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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…
省略. Omitting words from a grammatical construction.
接頭辞. A type of affix prepended to the beginning of a word to change its meaning.
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.
書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
For the grammar and variants of Japanese words and phrases considered to be mainly used in casual speech or conversation.
助詞「まで」. An adverbial particle indicating "to; till; as far as", or by extension indicating emphasis ("even").
書道. Artistic writing usually done with a brush and ink.
Cultural or emotional association beyond a word's or phrase's literal meaning.
仮名遣い. usage of kana, は vs. わ, 書く vs. かく etc.
役割語. Special language patterns and vocabulary used by fictional characters, often marking this character as fitting a stereotyped 'role' such as "the old man" or "the samurai". This includes キャラ語尾, w…
詩歌. Japanese poetry, including haiku and tanka
数学. The Japanese language as used in mathematical writing.
送り仮名. Kana written after a kanji to complete the full reading of the word.
連濁. A phonological phenomenon in Japanese by which the first consonant of the second component of a compound word often becomes voiced (k→g, s→z, t→d and h→b).
比喩. An analogy that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object
聞き取り. For questions involving the deciphering of spoken language.
上代日本語. A historical stage of Japanese which has the oldest attestation in documents currently known. Typically seen in 万葉集 (Man'yōshū; late 8c).
Questions about the Japanese language used in the context of computing. Questions about technical support (e.g. "How do I input Japanese characters?") belong on Super User.
メール. Questions about writing or understanding email.
品詞. The primary lexical categories such as nouns, verbs, and particles. In linguistics, often referred to as 'lexical class' or 'word class'.
学術的文章. Questions about academic writing in Japanese.
語用論. The branch of linguistics dealing with language in use and the contexts in which it is used.
筆順. The sequence and direction of individual strokes of kanji.
当て字. Kanji assigned to words based on their sound rather than their meaning.
音読み. A Sino-Japanese reading of kanji. Usually divided into 呉音 "Wu sound", 漢音 "Han sound", 唐音 "Tang sound", and 慣用音; the first three for readings imported from the corresponding Chinese dynasties, the…
二人称代名詞. Second-person pronouns like あなた, きみ, and おまえ (cf. English "you").
動物. Japanese vocabulary for animals.
促音化. Gemination happens when a spoken consonant is pronounced for an audibly longer period of time than a short consonant. Gemination is distinct from stress and may appear independently of it. In Jap…
母音. The Japanese language has five vowels: a i u e o.
使用域（位相）. A variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting.
長音. Vowels held for twice as long as short vowels. Unlike in English, long vowels in Japanese are not diphthongs. Long vowels in hiragana are generally written an extra kana such as あいうえお; in katak…
常用漢字. A subset of (currently 2136) kanji approved by the Ministry of Education.
分裂文. Sentences "clefted" into two parts. In Japanese, these commonly take the the form 〜のは〜だ or 〜のが〜だ, putting focus on the precopular constituent.