I was interested in this thread because I have often wondered why the New Yorkers I have come across begin a sentence, be it a statement, a question or whatever, in a normal voice, but as they go on the pitch gets more and more reedy until the end of the sentence comes as a high squeak.
Jerry Seinfeld is a perfect example.
However, as it seems the thread is simply a vehicle for Pq and Fresco to criticise the way Australians speak there is really no point in getting involved in any real discussion. I'm not really interested in getting into a slanging match over it.
fresco wrote -
I find the Australian habit of raising the pitch at the end of almost every sentence most annoying !
The Pentacle Queen wrote -
fresco wrote -
Most of the guys on the airport/border TV programmes appear to do it. Does that imply they are "uneducated".
No, but they are not trained actors with speech coaches helping them out. They are just ordinary, eveyday people; some perhaps have had a little more education than others. I could not guess what the structure of the English curriculum is in American schools, but in Australia there are a number of levels. Some people simply choose a level that allows them to read and write and speak the language so that they can be understood and make their way reasonably well in life. Others are a little more interested in words and meanings, the historical roots of language and how it has changed and developed over the ages and continues to do so. They enjoy words, and like a little more depth to their forms of communication. This includes not only grammar and syntax but vocal expression as well.
JTT wrote -
You can pretty much bet that anyone who has been "schooled in grammar and proper English", and accepts those teachings as fact, doesn't know much about language and how it works.
No, I couldn't be bothered.....