Do you use question intonation, even when you’re not asking a question?

You may be an uptalker. Are you communicating something when you use it, or are you just driving people crazy?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley takes it up a notch on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

The New York Times article that attracted my attention:
Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns

Another good article about it from the Guardian.

Some people call uptalk ‘high rising terminals’

But they shouldn’t.

Some people think uptalk is annoying.
(They never think to ask how the rest of us feel about them.)

But some people don’t think it’s that bad.

It’s an Australian thing.

No, wait, it’s a New Zealand thing.

George W. Bush used uptalk.

Julia Gillard, not so much.

Language Log is a great place to find out more about this.