Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 12:41:55 -0700 From: Dan Moonhawk Alford Subject: "downspeak" (!) This probably isn't an actual concept yet, but has anyone else encountered this situation? My mom does it (from Ozarks in Arkansas), and it drives me nuts when I'm speaking to her on the phone. She'll say something then say ", tuh ..." I.e., t+schwa while trailing off. It's like a weird signalling for the other person to speak, but it SUGGESTS that she may have something else to say. The "word" I think is approximated is "to", which suggests that there might be some kind of causal comment to follow. I.e., He did it, to ... (show his manliness?). But I don't think that really characterizes it either. It's weird. Anyone else know this one?