Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 10:43:32 -0500 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" 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] That reminds me of my struggle to drop the same "oder" from my speech when I returned from Germany a few years back. After spending so long speaking German, I couldn't find a replacement for "oder" so, without thinking, I'd use "or." "This is a nice party, or?" Got a lot of funny looks from my friends and family. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;