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A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Using the right tags makes it easier for others to find and answer your question.

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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.
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仮名遣い. usage of kana, は vs. わ, 書く vs. かく etc.
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語用論. The branch of linguistics dealing with language in use and the contexts in which it is used.
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接頭辞. A type of affix prepended to the beginning of a word to change its meaning.
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従属節. Clauses subordinate in form and unaffected by main clause phenomena such as topicalization.
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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).
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メール. Questions about writing or understanding email.
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文学. Japanese language as used in literature.
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書道. Artistic writing usually done with a brush and ink.
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学術的文章. Questions about academic writing in Japanese.
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助詞「まで」. An adverbial particle indicating "to; till; as far as", or by extension indicating emphasis ("even").
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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.
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使用域(位相). A variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting.
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詩歌. Japanese poetry, including haiku and tanka
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送り仮名. Kana written after a kanji to complete the full reading of the word.
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動物. Japanese vocabulary for animals.
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当て字. Kanji assigned to words based on their sound rather than their meaning.
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筆順. The sequence and direction of individual strokes of kanji.
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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).
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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…
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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).
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書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
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疑問詞. Questions involving the "question" words, such as なに・なぜ・どこ・どうして・いつ・だれ・どれ・どんな.
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複数. Words or grammatical constructs that express multiplicity.
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For the grammar and variants of Japanese words and phrases considered to be mainly used in casual speech or conversation.
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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…
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二人称代名詞. Second-person pronouns like あなた, きみ, and おまえ (cf. English "you").
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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…
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Cultural or emotional association beyond a word's or phrase's literal meaning.
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聞き取り. For questions involving the deciphering of spoken language.
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指示語. Questions regarding those words or particles that function similarly to the set of English adjectives and pronouns including "that", "these", "this", and "those".
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品詞. The primary lexical categories such as nouns, verbs, and particles. In linguistics, often referred to as 'lexical class' or 'word class'.
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助詞「へ」. Indicates motion towards (English "to").
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助詞「より」. Used in comparisons as a reference point ("compared to", "more than"). It can be also used to mean "from" (equivalent to から).