upspeak


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upspeak

(ʌpˈspiːk)
vb (intr)
1. to start speaking
2. to speak louder or with rising intonation
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Prosecutors and defense lawyers know that other evidence--whether it is dress or demeanor, an accent or upspeak, or race or gender--matters.
The VoiceVibes technology examines vocal output to capture spoken patterns and habits to determine how an audience might perceive the message--flagging the dreaded "upspeak," perhaps, which can make listeners perceive that the speaker isn't confident about the subject.
At first, in interviews like ours, she can come across as disinterested, her voice bereft of upspeak or implied exclamation points.
The sisters appeal to millions through the lilt of their voices, through "upspeak," the rising intonations that have cretinized at least one generation into an unemployably bashful group of the linguistically disabled, as well as through the indescribable but instantly recognizable phenomenon of "creak" or "vocal fry." This rasping tone is the specialty of Kourtney Kardashian, who, while charming in her own right, often speaks like Lurch or a mortician, her words sinking to the lowest register of the human voice, from which she projects apathy, a lack of involvement, and ah inhuman dearth of emotional inflection.
He parts his dark blond hair into a pair of swooping parentheses and sprinkles even his most sober policy speeches with a slight upspeak. Trump supporters, in their customary kindness, have fixated on his prominent front teeth; someone even contacted his office offering to pay for an orthodontist.
It is also known as upspeak, rising inflection and high rising intonation.
People who use "upspeak" may be seen as less confident.