Date: Sun, 22 Oct 1995 11:01:30 -0400
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET
Subject: Re: statements spoken as if it were a question
What is the origin of the trend I've noticed of raising the tone of
voice at the end of a sentence that is obviously a statement and making
it sound like a question? This is my new cat? or
I don't know anything about its origin or history, but it's associated
with females more than with males and with Southerners more than with
Yankees. Southern females are, therefore, prime examples of it. The
videotape "American Tongues" has a funny segment on the Southern use of
question intonation as an explanation of why the South lost the war --
commands like "charGE" (rising pitch) were construed as questions rather
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
Could this be the Valley Girl talk which originated in Southern California?
Connie Chung did a program on it about a year or two ago.