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Uptalk : the phenomenon of rising intonation

Author: Paul Warren
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"'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?  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Warren
ISBN: 9781107123854 1107123852 9781107560840 1107560845 9781316455777 1316455777
OCLC Number: 911255275
Description: xvi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Why 'uptalk'? " Defining uptalk ; Labels ; The forms and functions of intonation ; Methodological considerations --
The forms of uptalk : Comparison with other sentence types ; Uptalk shapes ; Pitch levels ; Temporal aspects ; Phonological analyses --
The meanings and functions of uptalk : The downside of uptalk ; The upside of uptalk ; Interactional functions ; Multiple functions --
Uptalk in English varieties : Australian English ; New Zealand English ; Pacific English varieties ; Canadian English ; United States English ; Caribbean English varieties ; British English ; Irish English ; Falkland Islands English ; South African English ; New Englishes ; Non-native speaker English --
Origins and spread of uptalk : Historical and geographic origins ; (Im)migration ; Origins within the intonational system ; Tags and uptalk --
Social and stylistic variation in uptalk use : Speaker sex ; Sexual orientation ; Age ; Ethnicity ; Socioeconomic grouping ; Text types --
Credibility killer and conversational anthrax: uptalk in the media : Opinion pieces ; Letters ; Advice columns ; Profiles ; Reviews ; Popular culture --
Perception studies of uptalk : Perception of high-rise forms ; Attitudinal studies of uptalk ; The influence of speaker and listener factors on uptalk perception --
Uptalk in other languages : Germanic languages ; Romance languages ; Japanese ; Arabic languages ; Austronesian languages ; Other languages --
Methodology in uptalk research : Language samples ; Speaking tasks ; Perceptual tasks ; Speech analysis types ; Counting uptalk --
Summary and prospect : What is uptalk? ; Where has uptalk come from? ; What does the future hold for uptalk?
Responsibility: Paul Warren, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.


In this first comprehensive analysis of 'uptalk', Paul Warren examines the phenomenon's historical origins, geographical spread and social influences.  Read more...
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