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. Oct 18, 2012 at 12:40
  • +1 for referencing LoZ.
    – istrasci
    Oct 18, 2012 at 14:27
  • Why would it be こう instead of かう? Sep 5, 2018 at 20:24
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    @ヤラユギ Because こうて is the te form of かう in Kansai-ben. "au" had shifted to "ou". You also see this in words like おはよう (which was originally Kansai-ben), from はやい (early/fast); the process went something like はやく -> はやう -> はよう, while Standard Japanese still uses (はやく outside of the formulaic greeting おはよう). Sep 11, 2018 at 22:08

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


The usage is explained in more detail here:

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


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



In Kansaiben, や replaces だ and よ

  • That is why you never hear なんちゃらやよ right ?
    – oldergod
    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:42

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