High rising terminal

High rising terminal:

The high rising terminal (HRT), also known as uptalk, upspeak or high rising intonation (HRI), is a feature of some accents of English where statements have a rising intonation pattern in the final syllable or syllables of the utterance.

Ahhhh; much better. I’d been looking for the term for that style of speaking (where everything is a question, not a statement) for years. Listen for the HRT during any interview with a teenage girl (or guy, ok).

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Dan McKeown

Let me ask you a question, how do you feel about frilly toothpicks?

Alexander Micek +1

I’m for ‘em?

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