AOS 1 unit 4 journal: Does speaking like an Aussie make you sound insecure?

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Title  Does speaking like an Aussie make you sound insecure?
Date  15th January 2014
Author   and
URL  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/14/speaking-like-an-aussie-insecure-australian-upward-inflection

Also on Australia’s use of high rising intonation: http://theconversation.com/australian-question-intonation-no-good-in-britain-mate-really-21755

Publication  The Guardian
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  •  85% of managers surveyed in Britain thought that the use of high rising intonation (HRI)  otherwise know as the Australian question intonation showed a clear indication of a person’s insecurity or emotional weakness.
  • HRI can be used to ask for confirmation.
  • Using HRI can sound friendlier but can also lead to people feeling confused when you respond supposedly with a statement but use a HRI.
  • HRI can be used to hold the floor when speaking.
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.
  •  characteristics of Australian English in contrast to Englishes from other continents, in phonological patterns.
  •  role of language in constructing national identity.
  • Relationship between social attitudes and language choices.
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.”

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