Tag Question (definition)

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Tag questions, ask for confirmation. They are structured as a declarative with a question "tag" which contrasts in negative polarity with the statement: English "We're going, aren't we?", Gaelic Tha sinn a' falbh, nach eil?"

In English, for example the sentence "He isn't a doctor, is he?" is a tag question.

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  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.