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What is 냐고 in 왜냐고요?

 

I know 왜냐고요? means "Why (is it)?" but I don't understand the use of -냐고.

I've also seen it in 뜻이 뭐냐고요? = "What's the meaning?"

It's obviously from 이다. Is 고 a quoting mechanism?

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Language

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