Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 11:30:01 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: upspeak
If Germans use "upspeak" intonation, it's either idiolectal or as new as
it is in AE. Standard German intonation uses that pattern only for
questions. If there's a dialect which uses it in statements, I'm unaware
of it. I don't recall hearing it anywhere but in questions from my
colleagues at the German Information Center in New York, where I worked
for six years in the mid- to late 80s, or from the Dane County, Wisconsin,
Germans who served as informants for my dissertation in the late 60s.
On Wed, 25 Oct 1995, Beth Lee Simon wrote:
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.