That’s interesting, thank you. You seem to be right about Tohokuben. From this reference:
Like her husband and father, Chi-Chi speaks in the Tōhoku (東北) dialect of Japanese, what is essentially a a “hick-dialect”. She uses the personal pronoun oira (おいら), a pronoun used by speakers of this dialect to indicate a rural background.
That also fits with the English translation giving her a redneck/rural kind of dialect.
The article above links to the one below. After the section on おっす, this article explains that Goku also speaks in a sub-dialect of Tohokuben.
Slurring vowel diphthongs together (a feature also common to Shitamachi tough-talkers in Tokyo): /ai/, /ei/, /oi/ and /ae/ come out as a prolonged [eː] ( omee instead of omae , wagannee for wakaranai ). The speakers themselves are said to be able to hear the difference between /ai/ and /ei/ regardless, but to people from Tokyo, they sound identical.
So this confirms what you suggested: こねえでけろ = こないでください
I was really torn. I think that panel implies that he is looking directly at her and is startled, but it could also be the artist’s choice to show both of their reactions to Oolong’s transformation in the same shot. On page 49 it is shown that Goku, Oolong and Chi-chi are standing right next to each other, so how could Yamcha not have noticed her on page 50…?
His pose on page 54 is the exact same pose as in that spoilery event. I think it is an in-joke.
Finished chapter 4. Another character speaking in Tohokuben dialect and this one with an even stronger accent! I read some more around Tohokuben and tried to spot its use in the manga. I made some notes for reference as a new page on the vocab spreadsheet. Please let me know if you spot anything I got wrong.
I’ve been lurking around this topic and will join the reading. I just caught up with Chapter 4! It’s just that I’ve had way too many competing reading projects :).
The whole Chi chi dialect part was difficult… I had covered that with my Japanese teacher and by the time I saw it here other people had done their research. Other than that I’ve been enjoying this manga more than I thought I would. Since, I read all of Dragon Ball I thought would be just repetition but I like the inside jokes!
I believe そっただ (p. 58) = そんな and こったら (p. 68) = こんな. Couldn’t find a source discussing these variations themselves though, so I am not sure where they are commonly used.
ええ instead of いい, so えがっだ = よかった (with some extra voicing).
But yeah, this is pretty tiring. Spent a good 10 minutes on Ox-King’s first sentence lol. Though it is the best way to learn these dialects, I believe. The more effort in working it out, the better the memorisation.