End of ADS-L Digest - 27 Oct 1995 to 28 Oct 1995 ************************************************ There are 8 messages totalling 139 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. upspeak 2. folk/folklore (3) 3. ?Earliest Citation of "Bite Me" (3) 4. Bite Me ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 29 Oct 1995 00:19:59 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: upspeak Out of the blue, a colleague who is a Cajun asked me whether there had been much research on intonational patterns like what the Cajuns do. He said that it is common for them to use a rising intonation on statements to indicate "I know you don't believe this, but it's really true." He associated the pattern with a kind on negotiation of credibility, with the "upspeaker" indicating confidence rather than lack thereof. I had no reason to doubt his analysis in the slightest. He has recently been to the Amer Folklore Soc meeting in Lafayette and had visited his relatives, some of the elders with only limited fluency in English. I've noticed this intonation in his speech. but it's not the same as what I heard in Georgia the last time I was there. M. Lynne Murphy was on target in pointing out that posters are lumping several phenomena together perhaps. DMLance