The Lowdown on Uptalk

Does “Californian uptalk” come from down under?

I just stumbled across this fantastic article by Matt Seaton in The Guardian titled “Word up” and wanted to share it with you. Who knew there was an actual term for the way Aussies tend to end their sentences on the ‘up?’ And who is to blame for spreading this incredibly hideous way of speaking?

If you can spare a few minutes, I recommend reading it. The article is well-written, informative, and entertaining. I can hardly believe it was published back in 2001! Well done, Mr. Seaton. Love your work.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“So what did you do today?” I’d ask my daughter at collection time.

“Well, we went canoeing on the lake? Which was, like, really really fun? And then we had storytelling in the barn? And we all had to tell a story about, like, where we’re from or our family or something?” 

Yep, she was uptalking: in a matter of days, she had evolved from Estuarial English-speaking Londoner into Californian Valley Girl. Or Aussie Soap Wannabe. Whatever.
Read the full article by clicking here.
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