Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 09:23:48 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: statements spoken as if it were a question I don't know the origin of the statement with question intonation, but I think some people may be barking up the wrong trEE? If it originated in the South, it is certainly no longer restricted to the South. It's certainly heard here in Oregon in recent years, and I've always associated it with California. I'm not sure why - maybe because it's often accompanied by other Californianisms, though I wouldn't swear to this. The person I hear using it most is a male friend who has lived all his life in Oregon and has no associations with either California or the South. I have no idea where he picked it up. If it's associated with Irish and/or Scottish speech, where was it all those years between the time of early Irish and Scottish immigration to Appalachia and the last 2-5 years? I don't remember hearing it any earlier than that - certainly not during my years in Chattanooga (1970-76). Also, the high end-of-sentence pitch so characteristic of some Irish and Scottish speakers seems to me to have a different intonation pattern: rising, then slightly falling, rather than the simple rise of question intonation. The Irish/Scottish "lilt" has always seemed to me quite distinct from the question pattern, though admittedly this might be merely because my native dialect is American. Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR