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Is the word 「やんな」positive or negative?

The particle な indeed has both meanings: "Don't do ~" and "Do ~". From デジタル大辞泉: 1 動詞・動詞型助動詞の終止形、ラ変型活用語の連体形に付く。禁止の意を表す。「油断する―」「まだ帰る―」「かの尼君などの聞かむに、おどろおどろしく言ふ―」〈源・夕顔〉 2 《補助動詞「なさる」...
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Why is the て-form being used before ん?

誰探してんの is a contracted form of 誰探してるの, which in turn is a contracted form of 誰(を)探しているの ("Who are you looking for?", notice the progressive form). More generally: ている contracts to てる. (See ...
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What is the verb ending of われん mean?

救われん is made of 救われる and the archaic suffix ん, which came out of む. む・ん had similar roles to よう・おう today; that is to say, 救われん in modern style would be 救われよう or 救われるだろう. It is not related to the ん ...
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Saying い adjectives without pronouncing the い

It's uttered as a colloquial, casual and exclamatory phrase. It's typically used in response to a situation/stimulation that strikes you suddenly. っ is often added after the stem. 高っ! (Wow,) it'...
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Any hints on how to translate the 'Nanny' in Totoro?

ニコニコしとれば 悪さは しねえし いつの間にか いねくなっちまうんだ。 This is the same as the following sentence written in the standard Japanese. ニコニコしていれば悪さはしないし、いつの間にかいなくなってしまうんだ。 If you keep smiling, they won't do bad ...
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がってんなら - what kind of contraction am I dealing with in this sentence?

帝国がってんなら、 It looks like a contracted pronunciation of 帝国がと言うのなら。 ~というのなら → ~ってのなら → ~ってんなら (The particle って can be the colloquial version of という.) I think the sentence literally means: 『帝国が』...
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What does てくんない ending on a verb mean?

This is an abbreviated form of 〜てくれない, meaning "to not do 〜 for me". So 貸してくれない means "won't lend me", but phrased as a question like this (likely with a rising intonation) mean "Hey Maruo, won't you ...
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Can anyone explain what ないっちゃないんだけど means in this sentence?

Xと言えばX, where X is any predicate, is a way to reluctantly admit X. 3日でできると言えばできます。 I can do it in 3 days if you insist (but I don't want to do so) その花は赤いと言えば赤い。 You may say the flower is red (but ...
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What is the difference between ~してる and ~している?

してる is simply a colloquial contracted form of している, similarly one has してない contracted from していない. It is very common in spoken language, but ungrammatical in "proper" (school) grammar. This ...
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Meaning of the phrase 「さわいどるんかの?」

It's [一体]{いったい}[何]{なに}を[騒]{さわ}いでいるんだ? or 騒いでいるんですか? "What's the fuss about?" in some regional dialect or the role language for old speakers.
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上手ではありません or 上手じゃありません

じゃ is the contraction of では. It's a contraction, because じゃ is one mora (one unit length) and では is two moras long. じゃ is frequently used as contraction of では, especially in じゃない < ではない. As pointed ...
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What does the 「たあ」 do in this sentence?

It is a sound change of "とは". It may be used in old city(下町 in Japanese) in Tokyo.
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What does the word 「いいんスよ」 mean?

ス in this case is a colloquial shortening of です. I think the reason people write it with Katakana is that it makes it easier to tell that's a new word rather than んす being a typographical error for ...
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What word and form is うってる?

売ってる is a contraction of 売っている. The い in ~ている verb endings is often dropped in casual speech.
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ておく → とく in other contexts; similar 2-kana to 1-kana shortcuts?

Yes, for example... ~ておいで -> ~といで e.g. 持っておいで -> 持っといで ~ておくれ -> ~とくれ e.g. 来ておくれ -> 来とくれ (← might be Edo/Tokyo dialect) Yes, for example... ~でしまう -> ~じまう (でし→じ) e.g. 死んでしまう -> 死んじまう (→ often ...
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Contractions in やんなっちゃう

Yes, やんなっちゃう is short for いやになっちゃう, which is short for いやになってしまう. いやになる is a fixed phrase meaning "to be fed up / sick / disgusted". So やんなっちゃうなあ is something like "Now I'm starting to feel disgusted"...
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About ておいてね, what does it mean?

You think right, that といて is a shortened, colloquial version of ておいて. In other words, ~とく is a casual version of ~ておく where basically て+お is merged into と. More precisely the shortenings work as ...
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