Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just another random question 11/29/09: いうて

Edit 11/30/09: According to Bryce in the comments, it's actually ゆって.
Edit: 12/01/09: Asked one of the English teachers I work with today and she said that ゆう is Kansai-ben for 言う。

言う (iu; to say) is a word that you learn fairly early on in Japanese studies. Being an ~う verb, the ~て form (used for commands and a slew of other grammatical constructions) is, of course, 言って. However I've noticed that sometimes Japanese people will say いうて instead. I'm wondering if this is just a spoken variation or some special rule I haven't encountered in my studies.

Anyone know anything about this one?


  1. Japanese people often say ゆう instead of いう... simply because it's easier to say.


    I've never seen it used in writing, except in dialog.

    Also, in casual speech 「て言った」 turns into 「つった」... just to save time.


    For example:


  2. I don't think that ゆう is Kansai-ben, but with the diffusion, who can tell for sure?

  3. Yeah, I don't know. It's my experience that many people from Kansai often don't know exactly what words are kansai-ben.