End of ADS-L Digest - 25 Oct 1995 to 26 Oct 1995 ************************************************ There are 13 messages totalling 369 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. upspeak in German (4) 2. folk/folklore (8) 3. ?Earliest Citation of "Bite Me" (fwd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 10:50:37 +0000 From: Jenny Becker Subject: Re: upspeak in German While I've never heard "upspeak" in standard German, there is at least one dialect (Schwabisch) in which people tend to put the word "oder" (or), with an upward intonation, at the end of statements - sort of the equivalent of saying "isn't that right?" after a sentence. I knew one guy when I studied in Germany who used it at the end of almost every sentence - much to the amusement of Germans from other regions. Jenny Becker beckerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]omri.cz >If Germans use "upspeak" intonation, it's either idiolectal or as new as >it is in AE. Standard German intonation uses that pattern only for >questions. If there's a dialect which uses it in statements, I'm unaware >of it. I don't recall hearing it anywhere but in questions from my >colleagues at the German Information Center in New York, where I worked >for six years in the mid- to late 80s, or from the Dane County, Wisconsin, >Germans who served as informants for my dissertation in the late 60s. > >Peter McGraw >Linfield College >McMinnville, OR > > >On Wed, 25 Oct 1995, Beth Lee Simon wrote: > >> I want to clarify a couple of points from a post I sent privately to >> Lynne. I reported to her an observation made to me by a resident of a >> small town in WI that was primarily German settlement. My "informant" >> while discussing "upspeak" noted that he had heard it all his life from >> what he called "the men in front of the bank," retired and what he called >> "old" and "tired" men who sat on the benches, talking to each other >> and commenting on life and the twon. This person's descriptives were >> "old" "male" "German" and "suffocated and hence willing to suffocate". >> >> I then mentioned to Lynne that I had been wondering about German >> sentence intonation in relation to this. >> >> beth simon >>