Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 12:41:55 -0700
From: Dan Moonhawk Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: "downspeak" (!)
This probably isn't an actual concept yet, but has anyone else
encountered this situation? My mom does it (from Ozarks in Arkansas), and
it drives me nuts when I'm speaking to her on the phone.
She'll say something then say ", tuh ..." I.e., t+schwa while trailing
off. It's like a weird signalling for the other person to speak, but it
SUGGESTS that she may have something else to say. The "word" I think is
approximated is "to", which suggests that there might be some kind of
causal comment to follow. I.e., He did it, to ... (show his manliness?).
But I don't think that really characterizes it either.
It's weird. Anyone else know this one?