Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 9 00:59:15 UTC 2003

At 2:48 PM -0400 9/8/03, Duane Campbell wrote:
>An affectation in any movie David Mamet directs is that he has his
>characters say "in it" for "isn't it" and "done it" for "doesn't it." He
>does this regardless of a character's class or ethnicity of background.
>Outside of a Mamet movie I have never heard any group use this, which is
>why it leaps out at me in the films. Is this a usage peculiar to any
>particular dialect?

The former is usually transcribed "innit" and no, it's not unique to
Mamet, his characters, or their (Chicago?  Midwestern?) dialect, as
I'm sure others will note in due course and with more specifics.


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