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#1739 - 05/25/00 02:20 PM Re: Posties and Barbies
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
>>finishing each sentence with an "up" beat, as though everything were a question<<
That is very noticeable in "these islands" (New Zealand). Not only amongst younger people, but across the generations. This in a country that has more historical links to the British Isles than to the New World.
I also notice it happening in South Africa - particularly amongst people for whom English is a second language, when they are speaking English. And include in that the tendency to use American pronounciations.
Should we lament the ubiquitious telly?
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