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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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In sections on theory and methodology, multimodal practices, and the multimodal organization of talk and interaction, they consider such topics as multimodality and the study of Chinese talk-in-interaction, list gestures in Mandarin conversation and their implications for understanding multimodal interaction, grounding and gestural repetition in Chinese conversational interaction, co-operative modalities in the formulation of Mandarin Chinese turn-continuations, and a multimodal analysis of tag questions in Mandarin Chinese multi-party conversation.
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.
Se c'e qualcosa che non va Tell me if there is anything dimmelo pure (PM) wrong Ci sono due poliziotti che li Tell them that two cops are stanno cercando (S&H) looking for them Questo posto non e che mi piaccia -- molto (MA) Tag questions, which are also used to render natural spoken language, are common to both groups of serials, even though they differ in frequency.
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 ...
Tag questions:--The basic of the questions is the use of operator and pronoun, which may or may not consist of a negative particle.
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.