Uptalk: The Phenomenon of Rising Intonation

Uptalk: The Phenomenon of Rising Intonation

by Paul Warren

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'Uptalk' is commonly used to refer to rising intonation at the end of declarative sentences, or (to put it more simply) the tendency for people to make statements that sound like questions, a phenomenon that has received wide exposure and commentary in the media. How and where did it originate? Who are the most frequent 'uptalkers'? How much does it vary according to the speaker's age, gender and regional dialect? Is it found in other languages as well as English? These and other questions are the subject of this fascinating book. The first comprehensive analysis of 'uptalk', it examines its historical origins, geographical spread and social influences. Paul Warren also looks at the media's coverage of the phenomenon, including the tension between the public's perception and the views of experts. Uptalk will be welcomed by those working in linguistics, as well as anyone interested in the way we talk today.

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ISBN-13: 9781316452417
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Paul Warren is on the Editorial Board of Language and Speech and is past editor of te Reo, the journal of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand. He belongs to various professional organisations, including the International Phonetic Association, and is a founding member of the Association for Laboratory Phonology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction – why 'uptalk'?; 2. The forms of uptalk; 3. The meanings and functions of uptalk; 4. Uptalk in English varieties; 5. Origins and spread of uptalk; 6. Social and stylistic variation in uptalk use; 7. Credibility killer and conversational anthrax: uptalk in the media; 8. Perception studies of uptalk; 9. Uptalk in other languages; 10. Methodology in uptalk research; 11. Summary and prospect.

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