Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 17:37:45 -0400
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.ACC.GEORGETOWN.EDU
Subject: Re: "uptalk"
Good points. I think there was just an effort in Cindie's work as in a
lot of other people's to show that the "meaning" of a feature isn't
necessarily (restricted to) some demographic category that applies to
the speaker, in the earlier sense of "sociolinguistic markers",
carelessly used. That doesn't mean that such factors are not relevant
to social identity! Her diss. is a nice demonstration of a range of
subtler functions and meanings such a feature can take on in a
particular social context. It's also suggested that intonational
contours differ from some other linguistic features in their potential
for symbolic and iconic uses (eg from segmental variants like th/t, or
syntactic ones like quotative "like").