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More men speaking in girls' 'dialect', study shows
BBC News ^ | December 5, 2013 | Melissa Hogenboom

Posted on 01/19/2014 2:48:36 PM PST by EveningStar

More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows.

This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.

But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science; Society
KEYWORDS: australia; california; genderwars; highrisingterminal; hollyweird; hrt; language; lofan; metrosexuals; sanfernandovalley; savethemales; surferlingo; teevee; tv; uptalk; valleygirlspeak; valspeak; waronboys
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"Uptalk is an American English dialect wherein ostensibly declarative statements are uttered on a rising note of query or apology."
It's annoying enough when women do it.
1 posted on 01/19/2014 2:48:36 PM PST by EveningStar
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Sean Hanity. It’s why I can’t listen to him.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 2:50:56 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: EveningStar

REALLY?


3 posted on 01/19/2014 2:51:16 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Mia San Mia)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Really!


4 posted on 01/19/2014 2:53:19 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

LOL


5 posted on 01/19/2014 2:53:39 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: EveningStar

Sorry, what I’ve been hearing and it has been noted in articles, is the lowered pitch at the end of the sentence in young women’s speech patterns.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 2:53:41 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: melsec; KC_Lion

This is just sad. Societal collapse is just not pretty


7 posted on 01/19/2014 2:55:12 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: EveningStar

I think it’s also a southern country speech inflection.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 2:55:38 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: EveningStar

I’ve noticed that too and it drives my nuts!
Dear Lord we are losing masculinity in this country!
We are so Doomed!


9 posted on 01/19/2014 2:56:35 PM PST by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: Misterioso

I know,right.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 2:58:43 PM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: EveningStar

I heard a 2 or 3 star General do it and I wanted to cry.


11 posted on 01/19/2014 2:58:50 PM PST by TalBlack
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To: EveningStar

Gag me with a spoon. LOL!


12 posted on 01/19/2014 3:02:02 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: EveningStar

Men are talking like girls, and girls are putting each other in the hospital.

“But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
of destruction”


13 posted on 01/19/2014 3:03:06 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: EveningStar

Can’t expect much from Gay old California.


14 posted on 01/19/2014 3:03:30 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: EveningStar
(Red Eye video)

Men who dress up as rubber dolls

15 posted on 01/19/2014 3:07:19 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: EveningStar

White men

Black men getting bigger

Still masculine

Unless too much wood exposure


16 posted on 01/19/2014 3:07:37 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: EveningStar
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17 posted on 01/19/2014 3:12:59 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: EveningStar

I’ve lived all my 76 year life in So. California and don’t have any idea what you are talking about!


18 posted on 01/19/2014 3:14:19 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Rio

I haven’t noticed this with Sean - or any of the conservative talk show hosts. Michael Medved has a very high voice but that doesn’t make him a metrosexual. His opinions do!


19 posted on 01/19/2014 3:15:00 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: wardaddy

What wood you be talkin bout?


20 posted on 01/19/2014 3:17:35 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: EveningStar

Obama does it.


21 posted on 01/19/2014 3:22:19 PM PST by pallis
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To: EveningStar

Rising in pitch at the end of sentences make you sound ‘insecure’


22 posted on 01/19/2014 3:23:01 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: EveningStar
~~~More men speaking in girls' 'dialect', study shows~~~


23 posted on 01/19/2014 3:23:57 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: EveningStar

Pathetic


24 posted on 01/19/2014 3:24:37 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Revolting cat!

Sorry, what I’ve been hearing and it has been noted in articles, is the lowered pitch at the end of the sentence in young women’s speech patterns.
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I believe the term they use for this is “Vocal Fry” Quite annoying, and frankly a bit silly.


25 posted on 01/19/2014 3:26:38 PM PST by Artcore
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To: EveningStar
gay photo:  GayTest2.jpg
26 posted on 01/19/2014 3:27:55 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: EveningStar

It’s not a dialect. It’s simply a speech pattern with some limited regional associations.

Drives me nuts, too. My father would say, “Let your voice drop: you’re done!”


27 posted on 01/19/2014 3:29:01 PM PST by Tax-chick (I don't want to set the world on fire.)
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To: EveningStar

I might do it for effect. If I ever start doing it all the time...somebody shoot me.


28 posted on 01/19/2014 3:36:14 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: SkyDancer

Rising in pitch at the end of sentences make you sound ‘insecure’

Exactly. Like you are fishing for approval from the listener.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 3:37:50 PM PST by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: EveningStar

I feel sorry for decent girls out there who are looking for real men among the eunuchs.


30 posted on 01/19/2014 3:39:59 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: EveningStar

The chickification of western civilization is approaching completeness.


31 posted on 01/19/2014 3:43:11 PM PST by stormhill
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To: beef

Or it makes your question sound like a question. I hate it when people talk like that.


32 posted on 01/19/2014 3:48:38 PM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: EveningStar

More chicks for me...


33 posted on 01/19/2014 3:50:43 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: DivineMomentsOfTruth

>>and it drives my nuts!<<

You might want to correct that. LOL


34 posted on 01/19/2014 3:56:25 PM PST by BlueYonder
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To: EveningStar

It’s not uncommon among the Irish


35 posted on 01/19/2014 3:57:27 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: EveningStar

I blame it on the producers of Jeopardy, who taught is all to make statements in the form of a question.


36 posted on 01/19/2014 3:58:42 PM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: EveningStar

Now you know “THEY” would call us SEXIST if we were to point out the original ‘problem’.

I wish ‘they’ would write a set of rules so we would really know how (or at least how not) to act in their presence.

It is almost as hard as consistently hitting a ‘moving target’ in the urinal.


37 posted on 01/19/2014 4:02:37 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --Because you have your head up your arse doesn't mean you have to have a crappy outlook.)
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To: GeronL

Californication has been in societal collapse for years. I don’t link it to the rest of the country anymore. :-)


38 posted on 01/19/2014 4:52:02 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Artcore; a fool in paradise

Ah yes, the Vocal Fry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsE5mysfZsY


39 posted on 01/19/2014 4:54:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: EveningStar

What do you call that very weird speech pattern that Obastard has? I’ve never heard anything like it…lots of rise in pitch at the of his “sentences,” choppy halting delivery. It sounds like the result of erious brain damage as a child or teen.


40 posted on 01/19/2014 4:58:31 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SkyDancer

That’s right, and sales trainers from regions where uptalk is common (like mine) will point that out as a reason to change that speech pattern, to sound more confident. I never spoke that way, but I had to train (or at least attempt to) my kids, who were picking up that bad habit from their peers. I must have said to them “Are you asking me or telling me” about a million times.


41 posted on 01/19/2014 5:31:51 PM PST by zencycler
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To: Artcore

Thanks for putting a name to this ... the pattern sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me.


42 posted on 01/19/2014 6:05:36 PM PST by mikrofon (Ga-a-ag)
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To: Revolting cat!

Young men do it too now. Fake bass notes.


43 posted on 01/19/2014 6:13:30 PM PST by firebrand
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To: GeronL

Yes it is - forgive my laughing but Berlin Freeper just personified the article in one word - could hear the inflection in his comment from Australia.

Mel


44 posted on 01/19/2014 6:36:05 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: dalereed

lol. You would probably call it “normal” there.

/just kidding


45 posted on 01/19/2014 6:38:41 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SkyDancer

One thing that let’s me know I am now Mr. Mushnik (”You! Urchins! OFF THE STOOP!”), is how I just can’t tolerate the things kids say. The big thing now is them saying “No Problem” or “Not a Problem” when conducting business.

There is a beautiful young woman that works as a barrista at the café in my town on the weekends when she is home from college. She graduated High School last year as the class valedictorian. On Saturday I happened to be downtown and stopped in for a cup of coffee... and so I pay for the coffee and she give me the change and I say “Thank You” and instead of “You are Welcome”, she always says “No Problem”... it’s off-putting... like she is reversing the roles like there is absolutely some way in this situation the she could possibly have “a problem”.

One time I dropped change in the jar for a tip and she thanked me... I smirked and said No Problem!

Related to the “uptalking” I heard recently on a Canadian radio station that kids up there are moving away from the stereotypical Canadian way of ending a sentence with the upspeak word “eh?” and are using the word “right?” instead.

“It’s pretty cold outside today, eh?” is now “It’s cold outside, right?” spoken like a question when it is a statement.


46 posted on 01/19/2014 9:25:38 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Revolting cat!
REALLY?

Like, real-Y???

47 posted on 01/20/2014 10:28:40 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Fightin Whitey; Revolting cat!
>>Still masculine
>>Unless too much wood exposure

What wood you be talkin bout?


48 posted on 01/20/2014 10:31:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: rhinohunter

lol — good point!


49 posted on 01/20/2014 10:35:40 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: BlueYonder

Yikes.. Thanks for catching that typo! LOL!


50 posted on 01/20/2014 10:55:51 AM PST by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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