High Rising Intonation

Chronic Uptalk Syndrome

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A parody detailing the cycle of chronic uptalking

Posted by Kara Becker on October 4, 2017

Gay Mens Language;
Womens Language;
High Rising Intonation

Kroll Show - Rich Dicks - Dunch

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In this Kroll Show skit, Rich Dicks, Drunch, the two men, Wendy and Aspen, embellish their “rich” lifestyle by the purchasing a restaurant. They get the name of their restaurant by combining “dinner” and “lunch.” Customers who are are in the same socioeconomic community as them elongate words and use a higher pitched tone resulting in intonation after a statement. Additionally, they insert “r” in several words, like in Liam Nersen(Neeson),  carsh (cash), and hur (here), resulting in a /ar/, /ʌr/ or a hooked schwa sound. To differentiate the socioeconomic status between the characters, the chef in the skit does not follow the same language performance as Wendy and Aspen.

A response to Naomi Wolf

Deborah Cameron's excellent response to Naomi Wolf. [Published on 07-26-2015]

Naomi Wolf misses the point about vocal fry: It's just an excuse not to listen to women

A response to Naomi Wolf's article suggesting young women should stop using vocal fry because it makes them sound less authoritative. [Published on 07-27-2015]

Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice

Author and feminist Naomi Wolf pens an article for the Guardian urging young women to stop using marked features like vocal fry and uptalk. [Published on 07-24-2015]

Filmmaker and Speech Pathologist weigh in on what it means to "sound gay"

An episode of Fresh Air, profiling a filmmaker who made a documentary about sounding gay, as well as an interview with a speech pathologist who makes a number of troubling comments about features of youth language, including high rising terminals, creaky voice, and discourse markers. [Published on 07-05-2015]

NPR: Talking while female

An NPR video piece on the criticisms of women's voices, including their use of higher pitch, HRT, creaky voice, and their evaluation as less authoritative [Published on 10-24-2014]

Like, You Know

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A performance from poet Taylor Mali entitled "Like, you know" that comments on the use of a number of features of youth language.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 11, 2013

American English;
Discourse Marker;
High Rising Intonation