What characteristics of the Japanese language set it apart from other languages (What elements of Japanese are entirely unique to the language)What characteristics of the Japanese language set it apart from other languages (What elements of Japanese are entirely unique to the language)
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What characteristics of the Japanese language set it apart from other languages? (What elements of Japanese are entirely unique to the language?)
Wed Aug 12 2020 20:58:49
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Japanese uses SOV (subject - object - verb) instead of SVO (subject - verb - object), so in Japanese every sentence ends with a verb. Japanese has "particles" which are small grammar words that are the flip or inverse of prepositional phrases -- prep. phrases come before terms in English "to the store" and come after the noun in Japanese お店に(おみせに)o-mi-se-ni (to the store). Japanese has social-politeness-hierarchy for the language, so a professor speaking to a young student uses one form of verbs while the student speaking with the professor ought use a more polite level due to the cultural inheritance of rank and status that is reflected in the language. Japanese has its own alphabet called Hiragana, a "cursive" [actually an angular and stylized] version of this alphabet called Katakana, and Japanese relies heavily on kanji [ideograms of mainland Asia] that represent concepts, ideas, nouns, and verbs, and are blended with Hiragana to create a unique language that uses both ideograms and phonetic scripts. The language itself can be used in a "person-less" way to describe phenomena without necessarily invoking a sense of self.
Fri Mar 12 2021 13:53:42
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