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The following sentence occurs in The Legend of Zelda:

ナンカ コウテ クレヤ

(This would be なんか買うてくれや! and was famously translated as "Buy somethin', will ya!".) From the 買うて, it's obvious he's speaking Kansai-ben, and I suspect that this usage of や is Kansai-ben as well. (I know that や is used instead of だ in Kansai-ben, but this is obviously a different usage.) But what does it mean? Does it indicate some sort of insistence?

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Somebody changed the title of the question to, "is や instead of だ Kansai-ben?". I'm changing it back because that is NOT what I asked. Yes, や in place of だ is Kansai-ben. I know that. I am asking about a usage of や that appears to be Kansai-ben and IS NOT a substitute for だ. –  Kef Schecter Oct 18 '12 at 12:40
    
+1 for referencing LoZ. –  istrasci Oct 18 '12 at 14:27

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This actually most likely Oosaka-ben's variation of 「や」as「よ」, becoming something like:

なんか買ってくれよ!

The usage is explained in more detail here:

http://www.weblio.jp/content/%E3%82%84?dictCode=OSAKA (Japanese)

EDIT

The original quote from the just in case site downtime happens:

「ある」が転じた「やる」の命令形「やれ」の略。言葉の終わりに付けることで、命令敬語や連用形命令語などをやわらげる働きがある。「よ」のように相手をなじる意味は含まれていない。ハンカチ忘れんと行きや、ほかしとくんなはれや、持っておいでや、など。命令形命令語などのあとにつくと乱暴な印象を持つ。持って来いや、はよせんかいや、いてもうたれや、など。

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In Kansaiben, や replaces だ and よ

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That is why you never hear なんちゃらやよ right ? –  oldergod Sep 24 '12 at 2:42

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