Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 05:56:19 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: statements spoken as if it were a question > I don't like the idea that upspeak is related to women or Southerners (by > the way, I am a woman and a Southerner) because it attributes what seems > to me to be a useful and responsive style to more negative causes > (insecurity, even incompetence). I know that disliking a set of possible > causes is no valid reason for discounting them, but again, I'm really > glad to see (for the first time) another person's response to upspeak as > positive and not necessarily gender- or region-oriented. > > Does anyone else either feel uncomfortable with the gender- and > region-oriented explanations or find the responsive speaker hypothesis to > be valid? > > Lisa > Ohio University well, the thing is, the "responsive speaker" thing is going to be linked to women because women tend to more actively give and look for response to/from their co-conversers. the problem is not attributing the style to a certain sex or region but assigning value-laden descriptions or motivations to the style (like insecurity or stupidity). but when you look at the styles associated with different groups and how those styles are interpreted within other groups with other norms for interaction, then you can see where stereotypes and prejudices come from. lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-4199 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA