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A manner of speaking in which declarative sentences are uttered with a rising intonation as though they were questions.
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(Linguistics) a style of speech in which every sentence ends with a rising tone, as if the speaker is always asking a question
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a rise in pitch at the end usu. of a declarative sentence, esp. if habitual: often represented in writing by a question mark as in Hi, I'm here to read the meter?
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Have them come at you with the issue at hand ("Can you tutor me for $8 instead of $10?") then give your answer in a steady, even tone--ending your statements with a question mark or higher pitch (aka uptalking) will only show self-doubt.
In her recent book, "Executive Presence", Sylvia Anne Hewlett of the Centre for Talent Innovation in New York urges young women to lower the register of their voices, as Margaret Thatcher did, eliminate uptalking and other vocal tics, and look people in the eye when giving presentations.
We loved to loathe Season 5's villain, the petulant, uptalking Kenley Collins, who was later arrested for throwing a cat at her boyfriend's face.