Young women: femininity is powerful. Your speech patterns are powerful. The slang and vocal patterns of teenage girls are so powerful that they’ve been dissected and analyzed by linguistic scientists: uptalk, vocal fry, even the “Valley Girl” stereotype all point to specific speech patterns utilized by some women. A piece published in The Guardian yesterday… More »
According to Bob Garfield, host of NPR’s On The Media, young people’s (especially young women’s) speech patterns are becoming “really annoying.” On a recent podcast, Garfield described the sound as “a door creaking or a hinge that needs oiling” and he begged for it to come to an end:
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Women! Our strange vocal tics and annoying upspeak patterns are actually groundbreaking and important, so says science. Linguists now say that a lot of the vocal embellishments women and girls use are actually a lot more sophisticated and refined than previously thought. Take that, Valley Girl doubters!
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