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The high rising terminal (HRT), also known as upspeak, uptalk, rising inflection, or high rising intonation (HRI), is a feature of some variants of English where declarative sentence clauses end with a rising-pitch intonation, until the end of the sentence where a falling-pitch is applied.
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The high rising terminal (HRT), also known as upspeak, uptalk, rising inflection, or high rising intonation (HRI), is a feature of some variants of English where declarative sentence clauses end with a rising-pitch intonation, until the end of the sentence where a falling-pitch is applied.

Ulster English

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Although it is characterized in Britain as "Australian question intonation" (AQI) and blamed on the popularity of Australian soap operas among teenagers, HRT is also a feature of several Irish-English dialects, especially in mid-Ulster and Belfast English.
In general, Ulster English speakers' declarative sentences (with typical grammatical structure, i.e. non-topicalized statements) end with a rise in pitch, which is often heard by speakers of non-Ulster English as a question-like intonation pattern.

New Zealand English

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With respect to the southern hemisphere, it has been suggested that the feature may have originated in New Zealand.
Some New Zealanders will often reply to a question with a statement spoken with a rising intonation at the end.

Valleyspeak

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It has been noted in speech heard in areas of Canada, in Cape Town, the Falkland Islands, and in the United States where it is often associated with a particular sociolect that originated among affluent teenage girls in Southern California (see Valleyspeak and Valley girl).

Sexy baby voice

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Actress Lake Bell described the style as an amalgamation of "valley-girl voice" (characterized by "upspeak" and vocal fry) and high pitch.

After Extra Time (album)

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The piece is also the basis for another work, "HRT High Rise Terminal ", which was included by Relâche on their album, Pick It Up in 1997.

Languages of New Zealand

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New Zealanders often reply to a question or emphasise a point by adding a rising intonation at the end of the sentence.

Language and gender

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These include tag questions, question intonation, and "weak" directives, among others (see also Speech practices associated with gender, below).

Airhead (subculture)

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With the rise of the valley girl and preppy subculture however, the term was applied to cheerleaders and nouveau riche or middle class hangers-on who imitated the uptalk speech and clothing of the upper class popular girls.

Fictional world of The Hunger Games

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The letter s is a hiss and the tone rises at the end of every sentence, as if the speaker is asking a question.

Australia–United Kingdom relations

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Soap alumni such as Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have continued to have successful careers in music and on the stage in Britain, while Neighbours has even been held responsible for introducing the rising inflection to England.

Mock language

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It also features uptalk, creaky voice, blondness and the stereotypical association with Starbucks.

Demographics of New Zealand

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New Zealanders often reply to a question or emphasise a point by adding a rising intonation at the end of the sentence.

Cardiff English

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Nevertheless, the average pitch is lower than other South Wales accents and RP. High rising terminal is also what characterises the dialect from RP, as well as consistency in intonation with strong expression; such as annoyance, excitement and emphasis.

Penelope Eckert

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For example, tag questions and rising intonations are typically attributed to be common markers of 'women's language'.

English language

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The high rising terminal (HRT), also known as upspeak, uptalk, rising inflection, or high rising intonation (HRI), is a feature of some variants of English where declarative sentence clauses end with a rising-pitch intonation, until the end of the sentence where a falling-pitch is applied.