tag question

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tag question

n.
A question used after a statement when seeking or expecting confirmation of that statement, as wasn't he in He was here, wasn't he?

tag′ ques`tion


n.
a short interrogative structure appended to a statement or command, often inviting confirmation or assent, as isn't it in It's raining, isn't it?
[1960–65]
Translations
question-tag
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2002; Palacios Martinez 2011, 2012 and 2013); the most common are listed in (2a-f) for the so-called question tag innit and in (2g and 2h) for the follow-up tag innit.
THE NON-CANONICAL BEHAVIOUR OF INNIT AS A QUESTION TAG
By analysing the data in the Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language (colt) and the London Linguistic Innovators Corpus, Palacios Martinez (2011, 2012 and 2013) describes a number of crucial respects in which innit does not behave like a canonical question tag.
Firstly, innit may appear as a tag to clauses with be, as in (4a), have, as in (4b), or replacing do in the question tag, as in (4c).
In the present article I pursue the idea that confirmatory innit is not a question tag at all, although it is obvious that its use often yields an effect similar to that of a canonical question tag.
Both lecturers address the question tags raised by translators after frequent submission of their recommendations during conferences which are either taken into consideration but deferred indefinitely or never taken into consideration.
4) In addition to the ten features noted by Janda, the following were found to be salient in this study: deleted "that" complementizers, reflexives, causals, discourse markers, question tags, process statements, contracted negatives, and negative statements transformed into positives.
For example, the main idea components of talk, such as topics and responses, are more central to note preservation than are small talk, formulaic greetings and closings, timing indications, meta-language such as process statements, question tags, discourse markers, and address forms.
Other discourse violations, including timing indicators, process statements, discourse markers, requests for clarification, question tags, and address forms, do not occur as frequently and, by themselves, may not appear to be strong e vidence of an underlying tape recording.