Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 00:01:30 -0500 From: Charles F Juengling Subject: Re: statements spoken as if it were a question I am very surprised that no one has mentioned this feature for Australia or new Zealand during this discussion yet. _The Story of English_ gives a brief blurb (OZ insecurity) for OZ. The Kiwis have been writing about this for quite some time. The earlier reports from Down Under seem to suggest, to me at least, that it may have been there 1st. (please note that i did not say that it `originated' there, which would suggest that it spread to other areas, e.g. the US. I don't think OZ/NZ have had that much influence on US speech!) I have a number of articles on HRT in OZ/NZ, none of which I have at had at the moment, but I could either peruse them and give a brief summary or could give references, if anyone is interested. BTW, other than with you, Lynne, how prevalent is HRT in RSA? Fritz Juengling