A Common Disease of Young People and some Older People, Too

•  High Rising Terminal
•  Also known as:
–  Question Intonation –  Up-talking –  High Rising Intonation

•  A feature of English in which the ends of vocal phrases rise in tone.
•  Everything sounds like a question? •  Females appear to be more likely to use it

•  Speaker ‘sounds’ less confident; querying. •  Declarations lose impact. •  Associations with ‘valley girl’ speak.
–  (particularly when used with ‘like’)

•  Seaton, M. 2001. Word Up. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/sep/21/ referenceandlanguages.mattseaton •  High Rising Terminal. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_rising_terminal