Well, was it a question?

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Well, was it a question?

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:04 am

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Re: Well, was it a question?

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:33 am

Bob, please could you speak up?
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Post by Bobinwales » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:46 pm

Pardon?
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Re: Well, was it a question?

Post by Phil White » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:24 pm

Nice spot, Bob.

I have to say, insofar as I have ever noticed it, I have always assumed it was a rhetorical flag. "Don't interrupt me yet, it's not your turn. There's more drivel coming yet."

I have no evidence, but it's difficult to imagine that intonation at the end of an utterance if there is nothing more coming. Of course, the bizarre thing, if I am right, is that the "normal" use of that intonation has exactly the opposite meaning: "I have finished, now it's your turn. Do you think I'm right?"
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Re: Well, was it a question?

Post by Wizard of Oz » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:14 am

.. if you want to see the classic example of Aussie rising intonation then have a look HERE .. this is from a 1989 episode ot the Australian Network Ten television show The Comedy Company .. the character, Kylie Mole, was based on the average teenager from the western suburbs ..

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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:38 am

I could listen to her all day, and yet only three minutes and 39 seconds would have passed.
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Re: Well, was it a question?

Post by Phil White » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:44 am

I love the "organism" reference.
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