Uptalk again

Sallie Lemons Sallie.Lemons at MSDW.COM
Tue Feb 1 19:57:19 UTC 2000

My father's family is from the Springfield, MO area right in the middle of the
Ozarks and I don't recall anyone using uptalk. I spent summers there and while
one could argue there's a Southern twang moseying around the accent, some of my
cousins speak with a decided flat, broad speech that bears little resemblance to
anything Southern.


Peter A. McGraw wrote:

> So if "long before the 90s" means as long ago as the 50s, then it might
> possibly be correct for Cheri, who is supposed to be from the Ozarks in
> southern Missouri and at least in this production was acted with a Southern
> accent, but not for Bo, who is from Montana, or for the counter girl (I
> forget the character's name), who lives in the unidentified Kansas town
> near Topeka where the play is set.
> PMc
> --On Tue, Feb 1, 2000 10:46 AM -0600 Joan Houston Hall
> <jdhall at FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU> wrote:
> > Uptalk was characteristic of Southern speech long before it became part of
> > 90s youthful patterns.
> ****************************************************************************
>                                Peter A. McGraw
>                    Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                             pmcgraw at linfield.edu

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