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I've been working on listening practice again. This time, I'm watching the first episode of an anime series called スケッチブック 〜full color's〜.

In the first episode, a certain character asks three questions, and I think all three end with . I recorded them and uploaded an MP3, and I attempted to transcribe them:

  1. あっ、空{そら}! どこいくとー?

  2. 空、何探しよーと?

  3. 空、どうしたとー?

Here are my questions:

  • Is a dialect equivalent of using to mark a question?

  • Am I just hearing wrong?

(I'm sorry if the whole transcription is wrong! I'm not very good at hearing Japanese yet.)

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博多弁っぽいね・・ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8D%9A%E5%A4%9A%E5%BC%81 –  Choko Mar 17 '13 at 22:08
    
@Chocolate Thank you for correcting my transcription :-) –  snailboat Mar 17 '13 at 22:14

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The former. と can be used to mark questions in 九州方言{きゅうしゅうほうげん} (in this case, she is speaking in 博多弁{はかたべん}, a subdialect). (More technically, it is a 準体助詞{じゅんたいじょし} like の, and shares the nominalization property, which is probably why it can be used to mark questions like that.)

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People talk that way down here in Kumamoto as well.. –  ssb Mar 17 '13 at 23:36
    
@ssb, well indeed, as it is part of Kyuushuu after all! –  Darius Jahandarie Mar 17 '13 at 23:40
    
I guess what I mean to ask is if there's anything specific about this that makes it Hakata-ben rather than an ambiguous Kyushu dialect –  ssb Mar 17 '13 at 23:56
    
@ssb Not from the provided clip, no, I don't think. I downloaded an episode of the anime to figure out which one it was. I'm not sure how Chocolate figured it out from the clip. –  Darius Jahandarie Mar 18 '13 at 0:00
    
スイマセン!たまたま「博多弁っぽいかな~」って思っただけです~私は関西人なので、博多弁・熊本弁・他の九州弁の区別はつかないと思います。(でも九州の人はだいたい分‌​かるんだそうです。) –  Choko Mar 18 '13 at 1:08

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