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A BIT ABOUT INTONATION

RHYTHM AND INTONATION IN CONNECTED SPEECH

Intonation: “the music of language” – the way the voice goes up and down as we speak. Relationship between intonation and mood.Two basic intonation patterns:

1. Falling Intonation

Statements (positive or negative)

She doesn ‘t want to dance.

I‘d like to dance.

Yes/No questions

Can you type? Do you like coffee?

Orders and Suggestions

Wh questions

Exclamatory sentences

Have another drink

Who did she marry?

What a lovely doy!

2.Rising Intonation

Commands and requests  |

Questions showing enthusiasm, concern,excitement..

Open the door, please

How old is he? Who told you that?

QUESTION TAGS.

Rising: the speaker is sure about the answer eg: You aren´t English, are you?

Falling: the speaker needs confirmation; it is like a real question eg:You are not English, are you?

 

TIME FOR YOU TO PRACTISE…


Relating intonation from situational context. Draw arrows in each sentence to show the intonation pattern used in this conversation between a policeman and a student:

P: What’s your name?

S: Dorothy.

P: What’s your full ñame?

S: Dorothy Pilkinson.

P: Where do you live?

S: I live here, in London.

P: What’s your address?

S: 15 park Towers. Oíd Park Lane.

P: What’s your telephone number?

S:13325695

P: Do you often come to this disco?

S: Twice a week

P: Have you got many friends here?

S: Just a few.

P: Do you drink alcohol?

S: It depends…

See you in class!!

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