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Fri Mar 18 2005

Qs: Perception of Uptalk

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        1.    Mark S. Seidenberg, Perception of Uptalk

Message 1: Perception of Uptalk

Date: 16-Mar-2005
From: Mark S. Seidenberg <>
Subject: Perception of Uptalk

I'm familiar with basic facts about uptalk intonation, declarative
sentences spoken with question intonation.

Can anyone point me to research on how such intonation affects the
listener's perception of the speaker? Things like their intelligence,
assertiveness, confidence, etc.?

I am teaching undergraduates for the first time in 15 years and to my ear
the rising intonation makes them sound tentative and insecure. But that's
only an impression not data, and they may not sound that way to each other.

Where are the empirical studies?


Mark S. Seidenberg
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