Uptalk in Midwestern American English

Christine Prechtel, Cynthia G. Clopper


This study examined the distribution of uptalk contours across male and female speakers of two Midwestern dialects of American English. Sixteen speakers, evenly divided between dialect and gender, were recorded reading ten passages in plain lab speech. The contours defined as uptalk in this study were H* H-H%, H* L-H%, L* H-H%, and L* L-H%. The results indicate that neither gender nor dialect had an effect on overall uptalk frequency, which could reflect prosodic similarities in the two dialects. Gender and dialect also had no significant effect on the types of uptalk contours used: speakers from both dialects used only three of the four uptalk contours that were examined (H* L-H%, L* H-H%, and L* L-H%). The results indicate differences in uptalk contour production between English varieties in the Midwest and other North American varieties.


DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-28

Cite as

Prechtel, C., Clopper, C.G. (2016) Uptalk in Midwestern American English. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 133-137.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Prechtel+2016,
author={Christine Prechtel and Cynthia G. Clopper},
title={Uptalk in Midwestern American English},
year=2016,
booktitle={Speech Prosody 2016},
doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-28},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-28},
pages={133--137}
}