Phonetic differences between uptalk and question rises in two Antipodean English varieties

Author(s): Paul Warren and Janet Fletcher

Abstract

Analysis of map task data for two varieties of English in which uptalk has long been documented (Australian and New Zealand) indicates differences in the phonetic forms of uptalk rises and question rises. While the details of the phonetic differences are not the same in the two samples, the end result is a more dynamic rise in uptalk than in questions. This difference in rise shape may be indicative of a change-in-progress in the intonational systems of the two varieties.

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