I tried researching it myself and came away with the possible meaning of ている in dialect. Is that right? If it helps, this is the line I happened upon the とう in question:


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    You have actually been using this 「とう」 in saying 「ありがとう」 ever since you started learning the language.
    – user4032
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 7:08
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    – user4032
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 14:38

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“行きとうない” is the same as “行きたくない” in the standard Japanese.
“私はもう行きとうない” means that I don’t want to go anymore.

  • @Tsukasa: I think people would say “我はもう行きとうない” rather than “私はもう行きとうない.” “行きとうない” sounds a bit archaic.
    – eltonjohn
    Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 5:07
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    @eltonjohn: "行きとうない" is still around in some areas, not always western Japan. I think that using "我は" as the subject-case of the first person is out-of-date. Sorry, I wish I were a Japanese linguist.
    – Tsukasa
    Commented Jun 22, 2015 at 0:21

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