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How did 服 come to have meanings related to both "clothing" and "submission"?

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Why isn't ある's negative form あらない?

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In what ways do Japanese children overgeneralize conjugation patterns?

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Why do we believe that 神 is likely to be a loan from Ainu?

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How do you pronounce "☓☓" as a placeholder?

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Why do 為る【する】 and 為す【なす】 use the same kanji as 為【ため】?

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Why does [小っ酷い]【こっぴどい】 mean "very ひどい" rather than "slightly ひどい"?

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What was the Japanese word for "clockwise" (時計回り) before clocks were commonplace?

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What is the etymology of the "emphatic" ない?

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Is チェリーボーイ wasei-eigo?

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What phonetic shorthands (like 〼, 〆) are there in Japanese?

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What does 八 have to do with [八つ当たり]【やつあたり】?

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What does セレブ mean these days?

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Does Japanese have free indirect speech?

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What's the Japanese word for the stuff after the credits of a movie?

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Does Japanese have any infixes?

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How do you geminate ら-line sounds?

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What is the origin of ゟ (より)?

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Are there any rules governing voicing in words formed via reduplication?

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When was 歴史的仮名遣い standardized?

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What do you do if a genkoyoshi line ends with e.g. す。」?

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How do jokes with "だけに" work?

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Can I get a grammatical breakdown of "通りゃんせ"?

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Does the use of 百足 as ateji for ムカデ come from calquing "centipede" (or a cognate)?

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When/why would one write a word using 直音表記?

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How are 買 and 売 related?

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Do native speakers think of 固い・堅い・硬い as homophones, or as the same word?

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Is there any merit to the claim that Japanese and Tamil are genetically related languages?

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Which words can be pronounced as either -aai or -awai?

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Verbing to form 五段 verbs: does it only generate ラ行 verbs?