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People speaking in Australian “uptalk” could be harming their careers according to new findings.

Britons who favour this inflection, sometimes known as Australian intonation disease, where statements are made to sound like questions by raising the tone of voice on the final accented syllable, are marked down by potential employers.

Research by Pearson, the educational publisher, found that 85 per cent of employers said that uptalk was an indicator of insecurity or emotional weakness.

Blueprint Brief – 22nd January 2014
Source: The Times, 14 January 2014.