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.

  • You can add the reading of a word in kanji as furigana by putting the hiragana reading between the characters【 】just right after the kanji. For example, 学校【 がっこう 】renders 学校【がっこう】.
    – jarmanso7
    Sep 7 '19 at 22:18
  • thank you @jarmanso7. New to this
    – ボイヤ
    Sep 8 '19 at 16:21

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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