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I don’t hear this practice--ending a declarative sentence with a rising pitch--in Europe, or too much on the east coast in America. Is anyone on this forum familiar with this kind of speech and will it endure?
Just read an article about uptalk spreading from females to males in southern California on a BBC site: More men chat in girls’ ‘dialect’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25232387
That brought back memories of a former spouse, a native Californian from a place near Disneyland, a little to the south of Los Angeles. Our courtship was nearly interrupted by uptalk. She would make a statement, with
her voice rising at the end of a sentence. I kept asking, “What is your question?” Then I met some of her female friends and had a BFO (Blinding flash of the Obvious). They all talked that way.
Will it endure? What I related took place in the late 1970s, so it seems, sadly, to have some staying power. Quoting from the BBC page, an author of a study of the spread from females to males in SoCal says,
“It grates on people, some people think it sounds really ditzy or insecure. This does not accurately come across like that to the native speakers.”
I think she means the native speakers who use the speech pattern. For other native speakers it can be grating.