15.2 Changed word order

English Notes
BSL Video
In English the word order is changed to create “classic” Yes-No questions.  “You are going” becomes “Are you going?”.  “You like cheese” becomes “Do you like cheese?”  The intonation also changes.  We should note that in spoken English it is very common simply to change the intonation and nothing else.  “You’re going” becomes a question “You’re going?” only by changing the tone of voice.  In BSL there is no change in sign order, no use of vocal intonation and no addition of words like ‘do’.  In BSL the difference between the two sentence types is shown visually through a change in non-manual features.  The eye-brows are usually raised and the head and shoulders are usually back.  A signer might also add the sign WHAT to the end of the question or raise both palms.
 
Tag Questions
These are a type of Yes/No question. Tag questions only require a simple confirmation or denial because the question is used to check that an understanding is correct. Tags come on the end of declarative sentences, turning them into questions.  Tags used in English include; “will/won’t you?” “did/didn’t it” or “should/shouldn’t I?” and simply “yes?”.  For example, ‘I’ll ask my boss for a rise, should I?’ Tag questions in BSL include signs such as RIGHT? and TRUE? For example; YOU TOLD ME WILL CLOSE DOWN (IT), TRUE?
 

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