Japanese Lexicon

What are the properties of Japanese words that must be memorized?

Rules. Irregularity and marked forms.

  • the phonemes or moras
  • the presence of an accent and its location
  • verbs: citation forms, the conjugation
  • verbs: stative vs punctual, operational vs affective
  • adjectives: does the accent move in conjugation
  • politeness register: honorific, neutral, humble; formal, neutral, casual
  • male-only and female-only
  • meaning: senses and glosses
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