Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 12:53:27 EDT
From: mai MAINGR01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UKCC.UKY.EDU
Subject: Re: upspeak in German
On Fri, 27 Oct 1995 10:43:32 -0500 Kathleen M. O'Neill said:
While I've never heard "upspeak" in standard German, there is at least one
dialect (Schwabisch) in which people tend to put the word "oder" (or), with
an upward intonation, at the end of statements - sort of the equivalent of
saying "isn't that right?" after a sentence. I knew one guy when I studied
in Germany who used it at the end of almost every sentence - much to the
amusement of Germans from other regions.
While living in Heidelberg, my Landlady Frau Gessner used to say "gel'?"
in somewhat the same manner, with a rising tone. It meant about the same as
"nicht wahr, nicht, nitt" etc. She used it quite frequently.
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