"Is it" appended to questions

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat May 12 20:16:45 UTC 2007

On 5/12/07, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> A friend wrote me in email
> >I hadn't heard anything about the story.  However, I assume that you
> >sympathize with him even though you may be embarrassed that he lives
> >in Arlington and went to Harvard, is it?
> What regions/dialects is such an "is it" regional to?  Welsh, for one?

South African English is known to have that tag question. See:


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