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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It is no longer the English full of Americanisms that we read in books copyrighted in New York, the stilted dialogues of farmers complete with tag questions.
Although using tag questions is typical of English, it is less common in Italian.
In fact, this change is, according to Krug (1998, 149), not exclusive to the tag isn't it, as the same phenomenon is also attested in other tag questions in different non-standard varieties of English.
As a result, female executors use more tag questions than male executors in their speech.
For example, in the A2 year, Language Investigations are designed to encourage students to set their own research questions, collect their own data and analyse their own transcripts, so focussing on a set of recognisable language features such as tag questions like innit and ya get me, quotatives such as I was like .
According to Karin Axelsson, who studied tag questions in British English fiction dialogue, the use of these in fiction dialogue is influenced by a focus on problems, conflicts and confrontations and an avoidance of everyday conversations on trivial matters.
This is done with the help of 5 native speakers who read a total of 392 utterances designed for this paper and composed of the following question types: yes/no questions (YNQs) (with and without a question particle aya), leading YNQs (with the particle moege), YNQs with the adverb hic, tag questions, single and multiple WH-questions (WHQs), echo questions, and contrastive focus YNQs and WHQs.
Within the Ocracoke community weren't occurs in both formal and informal contexts, spoken and written, with no syntactic restrictions being observable: leveling to were/n't is found to be present in matrix clauses, dependent clauses, tag questions, and in both copula and auxiliary function.
They propose that there are three major classes of question according to the answer they expect: yes-no questions (subclasses being real yes-no questions, tag questions and declaratives), wh-questions and alternative questions.
Consider two VUIDs: one an assertive male who holds the floor, uses an active voice, and speaks with a dominating style; the other a relatively shy, minimally initiating female who uses tag questions and indirect phrasing.
The original LWP introduced the concept of "women's language," which included a series of features such as tag questions (the weather is nice, isn't it?