Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 07:59:23 EST
From: Beth Lee Simon simon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU
Subject: Re: upspeak
I want to clarify a couple of points from a post I sent privately to
Lynne. I reported to her an observation made to me by a resident of a
small town in WI that was primarily German settlement. My "informant"
while discussing "upspeak" noted that he had heard it all his life from
what he called "the men in front of the bank," retired and what he called
"old" and "tired" men who sat on the benches, talking to each other
and commenting on life and the twon. This person's descriptives were
"old" "male" "German" and "suffocated and hence willing to suffocate".
I then mentioned to Lynne that I had been wondering about German
sentence intonation in relation to this.