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Does だって find it's roots in some different combination of words, or is it it's own, self made, particle? Where does だって come from?

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Which だって are you referring to? –  l'électeur Jan 27 '14 at 23:11
    
I forget the exact context. It was being used at the end of a sentence, and it (may) have been exclamatory? –  Anthony Jan 28 '14 at 1:35
    
It's probably the lesser formal form of だそうです, which translates to xxx said, or apparently.. –  Pita Jan 28 '14 at 3:26
    
It was A: いさかさん、子供四人もいるんだって。 B: チャウチャウ、六人や。 I also don't know why they used も。 –  Anthony Jan 28 '14 at 3:40
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I think it's 「だ」(dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/132198/m0u/%E3%81%A0) + 「って」(dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/147762/m0u) –  user1016 Jan 28 '14 at 4:42

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“だって” is a sentence-ending particle, coming from binding particle “だって”: a sound change of “だとて”, which is an auxiliary verb of assertion “だ” followed by an auxiliary verb a binding particle “とて”, and it is used in a casual conversation.

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Forgive me if I'm wrong but is とて an auxiliary verb/助動詞? Isn't it a (quotative case) particle/助詞? –  user1016 Jan 28 '14 at 13:17
    
@Anthony: I have to admit, I'd never heard of とて but thanks to Chocolate and Shun I can see it exists in my dictionary but I am still not sure understand this particle. Perhaps you should revise your question to ask about the use of とて as in だとてー>だって, where it comes from and how it works? I've never seen it mentioned in a text book or class. –  Tim Jan 29 '14 at 1:00
    
@Chocolate, thanks for pointing. とて is a binding particle(係助詞), not an auxiliary verb. I corrected my answer! –  yanana Jan 29 '14 at 11:00
    
@Tim, should I explain means and usage examples here? –  yanana Jan 29 '14 at 11:02

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