Posted: Mar 17, 2019 12:57 am
by Hermit
don't get me started wrote:On the subject of 'innit' it is interesting to me that it seems to be used by certain speech groups as the default tag question.
'Iz cool, innit?' adheres to the rules of English. But I've heard such instances as 'That was wicked, innit?'
English is especially productive in tag question formation, requiring reversing the polarity and selecting the correct verb tense and pronoun, and using 'do' or 'will' or other words, depending on the original statement.
He is late, isn't he?. They are late, aren't they? He isn't late, is he? They aren't late, are they? They like it, don't they? She disagreed, didn't she? She'll meet us, won't she?
In Japanese there is a general tag question that applies to all constructions. ですね?Desu ne?
You can tack it on to any statement and it still serves as a tag.
(I think that something similar applies with German 'Nicht Wahr?, but I'll happily be corrected by any German speakers here.)

The German language has a whole raft of those tags which serve (with minor inflections) the same purpose. In addition to the one you mentioned there are 'ne', 'wa', 'gell', 'gelle', 'woll', 'he', 'oder', 'stimmt's' or simply 'nicht'.