Tag: history

61 Why were ゐ and ゑ eliminated? 2011-05-31T22:20:42.663

41 How did "little tsu" become a lengthener? 2011-06-07T22:34:44.623

39 Why was both katakana and hiragana created? 2012-01-15T02:07:11.200

37 Why is は pronounced as わ when used as a topic particle? 2011-06-01T19:49:13.823

35 Where does "もしもし" (moshimoshi) for answering the telephone come from? 2011-06-27T01:47:54.197

32 What are the origins of ヶ? 2011-06-01T19:47:47.193

30 Origin of the circle in ぬ, ね, and る 2011-05-31T19:19:06.957

29 Kanji for native Japanese concepts: Kun'yomi spanning multiple morphemes 2012-08-23T23:35:02.873

25 Are there any old loanwords from Korean, especially any not written in katakana? 2011-06-01T15:22:20.417

24 What's the original Japanese word for door, other than the loanword ドア? 2018-09-13T14:22:33.400

23 Is there an objective source of the origins of kanji? 2011-06-09T07:56:01.483

23 Can someone identify this stamp in a Bible that allowed my roommate's Grandpa to keep it in a POW camp in WW2? 2018-06-20T13:23:49.517

22 When did the "wu" character drop out of use? 2011-06-05T21:44:17.953

22 Why is the Japanese currency pronounced "yen" in English? 2012-06-19T18:21:53.497

21 Recent creation or adoption of hanzi characters into Japanese kanji 2011-07-24T10:47:22.020

19 When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}? 2011-06-23T08:08:51.387

17 About writing numbers using Japanese numerals vs using Arabic numerals 2011-06-04T16:44:05.400

17 Exceptional compounding forms 2011-08-08T13:42:09.743

17 How close was the Japanese writing system from becoming abolished after World War II? 2012-05-14T23:51:24.727

15 History of 十干(じっかん)and modern uses 2011-06-22T19:37:31.573

15 Origin of ~なければ ならない 2013-04-30T14:40:30.203

14 Japanese/Chinese numbers usage timeline 2011-05-31T19:11:57.167

14 Why has を been spared but ゐ and ゑ been deemed obsolete? 2011-12-28T00:47:49.743

14 Haphazard usage of katakana and hiragana for particles and okurigana 2013-12-20T04:04:06.583

14 Nouns exhibiting vowel fronting 2014-05-21T06:50:16.877

14 Why are phone calls cylindrical? 2019-02-09T16:38:25.230

13 What is the breakdown of countries where loan words originate? 2012-09-26T22:03:17.060

13 Why is this katakana not reversed? 2016-03-29T16:15:54.520

13 Why do we believe that 神 is likely to be a loan from Ainu? 2016-12-14T04:00:50.240

13 No word for "time" until 1871? 2017-01-08T19:25:50.087

12 When/why did 電話する replace 電話をかける? 2011-06-08T01:33:54.947

12 What is the significance of a large く character in literary texts? 2012-05-15T17:34:26.230

12 Ancient practise of sneaking into women's bedrooms...? 2012-05-17T04:27:55.123

12 Was there a single word/concept もの which was later split into two (now distinct) kanji 者 and 物? 2012-12-05T19:31:38.270

12 Iterative / repetitive る evolving from classical 連体形【れんたいけい】 2014-05-19T17:45:12.040

12 Native Japanese word for フリー 2016-04-01T17:19:59.837

12 Are Japanese counter words still being created? 2016-09-19T21:30:30.887

12 Does the etymology of 星 suggest the japanese/chinese knew the sun was a star? 2018-07-22T21:35:42.673

11 How can [数]{す}[寄]{き}[者]{しゃ} both mean a tea ceremony master and a "lewd man, a lecher"? 2011-06-25T21:56:01.753

11 Reading fractions 2011-12-27T21:09:47.277

11 How is Japanese regulated by the Japanese government and any other organizations? 2012-04-28T11:31:47.707

11 Did any writing systems exist before kanji was imported? 2012-08-04T02:00:24.007

11 History of だ、です、 and である 2013-07-19T17:59:44.870

10 If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn? 2011-06-06T04:36:50.817

10 Left (ひだり) and right (みぎ) as cardinal directions 2011-09-08T16:32:23.663

10 Can kanji-heavy Japanese be easily translated into Chinese? 2012-09-11T06:48:05.280

10 Was "乎" the man'yōgana spelling of the accusative/object particle "を"? 2012-10-19T05:16:03.383

10 Orthography at the turn of the previous century 2014-03-12T07:24:18.107

10 Is the kanji/kokuji "taito" (たいと) with 84 strokes legitimate and ever used? 2014-12-20T23:20:44.553

10 Where does "gold day" originate from? 2015-05-01T07:13:16.727

10 Why is there a difference between the hand drawn 道 and the pc font one? 2019-02-06T19:32:58.377

9 Was the name for the Shōwa era a voluntary pun? 2011-06-19T08:29:07.030

9 Mukashi-banashi. Do they borrow from other current dialects in addition to older Japanese? 2011-09-27T04:13:00.797

9 What's the grammar of 持ちつ持たれつ? 2012-01-24T09:34:20.320

9 「はは」(母) and ハ行転呼 2013-03-24T13:17:58.583

9 名前, does it have English Roots? 2013-10-30T06:22:44.877

9 If 校 is the kanji for school, why do I need 学 to actually say school? 2014-03-28T14:28:13.630

9 On "おてもと" and its many variants for "chopsticks" 2014-03-30T07:11:54.827

9 When did LOC adopt modified Hepburn? 2014-09-14T17:18:55.850

9 How was Japanese animism referred to before 国家神道 (State Shinto) was created? 2015-06-04T01:40:18.653

9 Origin of the kanji for 叶う 2015-08-08T01:09:30.057

9 When did 濁点 and 半濁点 come into use? 2016-03-20T17:25:21.640

9 Why was つ originally used to mark consonant gemination? When was that? 2016-09-19T08:44:43.853

9 Why is ostracism called 村八分【むらはちぶ】? 2019-02-04T02:37:07.377

8 Were women unable to learn kanji during the Heian era? 2012-03-08T11:34:08.013

8 relationship between 'b' and 'm' sounds 2013-09-27T17:29:45.317

8 When was 歴史的仮名遣い standardized? 2014-06-19T20:30:01.513

8 In 君が代, what's the function of の? 2014-07-09T13:17:16.193

8 History of 馬 and 梅 2014-09-17T19:23:01.967

8 Was "The Tale of Genji" really written completely or almost completely in hiragana? 2014-10-02T13:47:33.647

8 Origin of the pronunciations of 観音 and 漢音 2016-02-28T22:33:49.627

8 How do Japanese make language sound old (e. g. in historical dramas)? 2016-10-02T14:28:16.820

8 Academic/historic attempts to create an alternative writing system similar to Hangul? 2017-07-15T22:45:38.280

8 Why are Japanese fonts different to Chinese? 2018-12-27T01:37:06.013

8 Do Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi have a collective title in Japanese? 2020-01-28T06:45:53.423

7 Can anyone explain the obsolete, non-phonetic use of hiragana from pre war times? 2011-06-04T06:40:45.713

7 Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak? 2011-10-21T14:47:03.227

7 Was the の particle sometimes written in katakana? 2012-10-30T09:17:03.800

7 Does なんて = なんと (いう)? 2013-10-13T19:36:19.267

7 Why is katakana /va/ normally written ヴァ rather than ヷ? 2013-10-18T04:16:41.230

7 What's the relationship between 'e' and 'wa' in some words? 2014-01-27T15:52:29.573

7 Development of なんか? 2014-05-31T07:03:16.113

7 Is modern day keigo borrowed from kansai-ben? Sources? 2015-07-04T16:16:20.053

7 History of Japanese "Vulgar" Vocabulary 2016-01-17T19:51:20.730

7 What happened to the を sound? 2016-01-26T17:18:49.513

7 Kun Yomi of Chinese origin, like 竹 (take) 2017-05-04T17:00:09.940

7 Attempts to distinguish English "L" and "R" sounds using (extended) katakana 2018-02-16T16:20:36.557

7 Unknown kana in a late C19th address cartouche 2018-08-04T14:08:15.613

7 で in the copula である 2019-05-14T12:02:48.017

6 What was the origin for the term 水{みず}色{いろ} to be associated with youth, adolescence and puberty? 2011-06-06T06:56:55.160

6 "Sunday this week" or "Sunday next week" 2012-08-30T05:39:46.040

6 What is the etymology of 〜ません(でした)? 2013-04-07T08:00:07.460

6 When did 全然 get restricted to the negative? 2013-08-29T15:58:49.677

6 Is there any relationship between the verb 死{し}ぬ and the 音読み 死{し}? 2013-09-05T13:26:56.543

6 Why is an anachronistic modern conjugation thrown into the lyrics of 軍艦行進曲? 2014-05-05T14:00:13.367

6 Is there any merit to the claim that Japanese and Tamil are genetically related languages? 2014-05-21T22:18:07.700

6 When/why would one write a word using 直音表記? 2014-06-18T01:15:15.977

6 What is the explanation for the archaic attributive particle が becoming a modern subject particle? 2015-06-22T13:29:50.120

6 How was the first Japanese-English dictionary made? 2016-02-23T08:09:46.703