Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 10:11:35 EDT
From: "Richard A. Spears" 72103.2357[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM
M. Lynne Murphy wrote:
but, i'm beginning to wonder--are these all the _same_ intonation
patterns? this question is pretty vague, and productively so:
- are they physically the same intonation patterns?
(and are they really the same as questions?)
- are they the same in their meanings/functions?
- are they the same in their genesis?
- is that genesis a matter of relation between the varieties
or is it a cognitive universal-type thing?
Most of the "upspeak" that I hear seems to be more listing intonation than
question intonation. Her [M.L.M.'s] example:
"and then the firetrucks came? and there was a firedog? and they
put the fire OUT!"
seems to fit that.
In conversations, perhaps it is used to invite someone to continue
the list. But, of course, this is not much different from a question
except that a question expects an answer and listing expects a *continuation*
of the list or one more item to terminate it.