Can somebody explain the purpose of ぉ character in the end of the following sentence?

What part of speech can be assigned to ぉ ?

Can the ending の be glued up with ぉ?



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It seems to just be an emphatic, stylistic lengthening of the preceding it.


The のぉ is what we normally write as 「のう」, one of the sentence ending particles (終助詞).

I think it sounds rather archaic, now we think it's only used by older people (but I doubt it's actually used daily anymore... I think we only see it in fictional works eg anime, manga, dramas, novels etc.), and younger people don't use it in "normal" conversation. I think it's probably the archaic equivalent for modern ね/ねえ/ねぇ or maybe な/なあ.

It has a different intonation from the sentence ending particle の (終助詞).

「のう」⇒「やられた↗[のう]{HL}↘。(The subject is probably the hearer.)」
「の」⇒「どうした↘[の~]{LH}↗?(The subject is the hearer.)」--「やられた↘[の~]{LL}↘。(The subject is the speaker.)」

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