Tom Kysilko pds at VISI.COM
Thu Sep 11 06:05:46 UTC 2003

At 9/10/2003 12:40 PM -0700, J. Eulenberg wrote:
>Now, what surprises me about this is that up until a recent British film,
>I had always associated the phrase "innit" with Native American language
>patterns in written materials (see Sherman Alexie, for example).  I was so
>excited one day when I heard one Native American say to another, "Innit?"
>Now I shall have to listen to the "over" accent, or stare, to be certain
>of the speaker's background!

If I remember correctly, in Alexie's movie "Smoke Signals", characters who
were Indians from the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area all used "innit" as a tag
question with considerable frequency.  However, characters who were Indians
from other areas did not.

   Tom Kysilko        Practical Data Services
   pds at       Saint Paul MN USA

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