Uptalk is defined as finishing sentences with a rising intonation, often indicating a question or uncertainty. Research shows that though both men and women do it, women are more guilty of it even when they’re correct or asserting themselves! Anthony and Laci ‘uptalk’ about the gender divide in the way we speak and it’s implications.
Gender in Jeopardy! Intonation Variation on a Television Game Show
“Uptalk is the use of a rising, questioning intonation when making a statement, which has become quite prevalent in contemporary American speech. Women tend to use uptalk more frequently than men do, though the reasons behind this difference are contested. I use the popular game show Jeopardy! to study variation in the use of uptalk among the contestants’ responses, and argue that uptalk is a key way in which gender is constructed through interaction.”
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“Uptalk”: How men and women use it differently
“You may have noticed this linguistic trend in America: People, and especially women, often use a rising intonation at the end of their sentences, even when they’re not asking a question.”
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