Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 05:56:19 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: statements spoken as if it were a question
I don't like the idea that upspeak is related to women or Southerners (by
the way, I am a woman and a Southerner) because it attributes what seems
to me to be a useful and responsive style to more negative causes
(insecurity, even incompetence). I know that disliking a set of possible
causes is no valid reason for discounting them, but again, I'm really
glad to see (for the first time) another person's response to upspeak as
positive and not necessarily gender- or region-oriented.
Does anyone else either feel uncomfortable with the gender- and
region-oriented explanations or find the responsive speaker hypothesis to
well, the thing is, the "responsive speaker" thing is going to be
linked to women because women tend to more actively give and look for
response to/from their co-conversers.
the problem is not attributing the style to a certain sex or region
but assigning value-laden descriptions or motivations to the style
(like insecurity or stupidity). but when you look at the styles
associated with different groups and how those styles are interpreted
within other groups with other norms for interaction, then you can
see where stereotypes and prejudices come from.