Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 12:53:27 EDT From: mai Subject: Re: upspeak in German On Fri, 27 Oct 1995 10:43:32 -0500 Kathleen M. O'Neill said: >>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. While living in Heidelberg, my Landlady Frau Gessner used to say "gel'?" in somewhat the same manner, with a rising tone. It meant about the same as "nicht wahr, nicht, nitt" etc. She used it quite frequently. Mark Ingram maingr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]