|Title||Does speaking like an Aussie make you sound insecure?|
|Date||15th January 2014|
|Author||Alex McClintock and Rae Earl|
Also on Australia’s use of high rising intonation: http://theconversation.com/australian-question-intonation-no-good-in-britain-mate-really-21755
|Key Ideas (Point Form)||
|Feature of Language|| The use of intonation in speech. Language reflects identity.
Declarative and Interrogative sentence types.
Holding the Floor techniques
|Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.||
|My opinion on the Article’s comments.||Using a high rising intonation does not show that someone is not confident or has insecurities. The use of high rising intonation is Australia is more of a feature that has spread and grown in the community but is independent of the person’s insecurities. Language pronunciation spreads from person to person as people like to feel apart of the group and therefore begin to talk similarly. This has led to large population of Australia unknowingly use the HRI when speaking.|
|Quotes|| “But far from indicating insecurity, some studies suggest that the AQI is often used by powerful people when speaking to their subordinates (thereby explaining why Australians use it when talking to Britons). The theory is that it’s much more acceptable for a boss to ask an employee whether they understand something than vice versa.”
“A rising intonation at the end of a statement (giving directions, for example) implicitly asks the listener to confirm that they understand what they’ve been told.”
“sophisticated, complicated speech intonation helps us express our feelings to the maximum. Endless questioning leads to a social manners crisis.”