The full sentence is「おい起【た】て。起【た】たんか」頭の所に立っていた伍長が怒鳴った。 This is older Japanese by the way, so 「起て」and 「起たんか」are pronounced 「たて」and「たたんか」。 Anyway, I was wondering what the conjugation in 「起【た】たんか」means. I'm guessing it's a command or something, but I'm not sure.

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    Sep 7, 2019 at 22:18
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    Sep 8, 2019 at 16:21

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Get up! / Stand up!

It consists of: verb たつ + literary negative ん + question particle か

It's a literary version of [起]{た}たないか.

「~ないか。」 expresses (strong) command. From デジタル大辞泉:

2 命令の意を表す。「早くしないか」「もたもたしないでさっさと歩かないか

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