Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 09:24:53 -0500 From: Donald Larmouth Subject: Re: statements spoken as if it were a question I noticed the same rising intonation for statements from several students during their seminar paper presentations last spring (both male and female), so I checked with a colleague who teaches several sections of public address, and she reports that it is quite common among both sexes. She argues that it occurs most frequently with students who are hesitant or lack confidence in their presentation (or perhaps a signal of deference), but I suspect that this is the effect rather than the cause.