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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.
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 .
Yes, I am Table 7 The Use of Tag Questions in the Representation of Power S/N Tag question Mood tag Illocutionary acts 30 They hate men Don't they?
Tag questions are yes/no questions in which the question is expressed as a statement followed by a phrase akin to "isn't that true?
Female executors use more approximative adjectives in their speech than men and to emphasize on their speech use more exclamatory words than males and even use questioned and affirmative sentences in exclamatory tone, and also use more tag questions to get the audiences' confirmation.
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.