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I'm currently reading yotsubato and I am a bit confused on what いてー means in this sentence.

あ いや ちいさいむすめがいてー。

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This いてー is just the te-form of いる. It's elongated for some reason; maybe the speaker is thinking of what to say next, like a filler ("soooo", "ummmm...").

Without more context, it's difficult to determine the role of this te-form. In general, it should be either a reason marker or a simple continuation marker. (See: て form at end of phrase but not being used for requests) The nuance is either "Because I have a little daughter" or "I have a little daughter (, and...)".

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